Kenyan officials have identified four out of the alleged 15 terrorists who attacked shoppers on September 21st at Westgate Mall in Nairobi.
More than 60 individuals died in the horrific shooting.
Spokesperson Major Emmanuel ChriChri of the Kenya Defense Forces named Khattab al-Kene, Abu Baara al-Sudani, from Sudan; Omar Nabhan, and a man named Umayr as those involved in the terrorist attack.
According to CNN, Kene has been identified as an American Somali. The additional deceased suspects are currently undergoing DNA identification.
Kenya’s Counter-Terrorism Office also said Nabhan, a Kenyan native, is the brother of former senior al-Qaeda in Somalia operative, Saleh Ali Nabhan, who was killed in a U.S. strike in Somalia in 2009. Kenyan Police have also announced that the four suspects had terrorism training from Islamist militant groups.
PBS’ NewsHour spoke to Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed about the attacks. According to Mohamed, some of the identified attackers were young and lived throughout the United States.
“The Americans, from the information we have, are young men, about between maybe 18 and 19…..They are of Somali origin, but lived in Minnesota or other parts of the United States.”
Eleven other attackers are currently in custody. More details will be brought to light as the investigation continues.