NAIROBI, Kenya (September 21, 2013)--Gunmen opened fire and threw grenades Saturday at an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, killing at least 22 people, according to the Red Cross.
Another 50 people were injured.
The mall was hosting a children’s event Saturday.
Witnesses say the attackers targeted non-Muslims and told Muslims they were free to go.
Hours later, the gunmen remained inside as the military surrounded the mall, located in an affluent neighborhood.
A witness, Elijah Kamau, said the attackers with AK-47s and grenades made the statement about Muslims as they began their attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya's capital around midday.
Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire during the attack.
The Somali rebel group al-Shabab vowed in late 2011 that it would carry out a large-scale attack in Nairobi in retaliation for Kenya's decision to send troops into Somalia to fight Islamic insurgents.