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Kenya’s military spokesman confirms names of attackers

Ex-head of UN Monitoring Group on Somalia said 2 attackers were members of Kenyan extremist group.

Written by Associated Press | Nairobi | Published: October 5, 2013 5:08:40 pm

Kenya’s military spokesman confirmed the names of the four attackers implicated in the four-day-long siege at the Westgate Mall,which killed more than 60 people last month.

Major Emmanuel Chirchir confirmed that the attackers are Abu Baara al-Sudani,Omar Nabhan,Khattab al-Kene and Umayr.

He told The Associated Press: “I confirm those are the names of the terrorist.”

Little is known about their identity.

Matt Bryden,the former head of the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia,said via email that al-Kene and Umayr are known members of al-Hijra,a Kenyan extremist group affiliated with al-Shabab. He added that Nabhan may be a relative of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan,who was the most-wanted al-Qaida operative in the region until he was killed in a 2009 strike led by Navy Seals.

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