(Image source: Al Jazeera) BY COLLIN RUANE Terror in Nairobi Saturday as gunmen stormed
a shopping mall killing and injuring dozens of people. The New York Times reports at least 20 people
have died in the shooting rampage at the Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital city. More than 50
others have been injured. The shopping mall is a popular attraction
for wealthy Kenyans and Westerners. A witness reportedly said the attackers stormed inside
and warned all Muslims to leave the building. (Via MSNBC) And a reporter with Bloomberg was on the second
floor of the building when the attack took place. They said they heard at least two explosions.
The reporter and a friend escaped by jumping over a fence on the roof onto the first floor
of another building nearby. Two hours after the gunfire first started,
police reportedly heard even more shots being fired inside the complex. A large group of
officers cordoned off the entire mall and urged people to stay away. (Via NTV) According to the BBC, officials believe it
was an act of terror, but other reports speculate it was initially a robbery. Either way, the
death toll is expected to rise in the next few hours. And doctors and first responders haven’t dealt
only with those who were physically injured — they’ve treated a number of people for
psychological trauma, as well. The Kenya Red Cross Twitter page says professionals
have treated more than 200 people who were inside the building. Most were able to escape
without any physical injuries. Emergency blood donations are also being requested Sunday.
(Via Twitter / @KenyaRedCross) Police have asked the media to stop broadcasting
live pictures from the mall in the aftermath of the shooting. As of Saturday evening in
Nairobi, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.