Two Canadians were murdered when al-Shabaab jihadists opened fire on innocent civilians in Westgate Mall in Nariobi, Kenya. Twenty-nine-year-old Annemarie Desloges, an official in the Department of Citizenship and Immigration who served in Canada’s High Commission to Kenya, was one of those victims.
“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms this cowardly, hateful act that apparently targeted innocent civilians who were simply out shopping,” Prime Minister Harper said in extending his condolences to the victims’ families.
Westgate Mall is located in the Westlands neighborhood and frequently visited by the affluent and by foreign workers, especially on the weekends. Ten attackers invaded the mall and brutally murdered anyone who could not prove they were a Muslim. More than one witness said the attackers announced that they only wanted to murder non-Muslims. The Somali terror group al-Shabaab took credit for the attack and blamed Kenya for sending in troops to help the government hold off the militants who are attempting to topple them.
At least 39 are dead and over 150 are wounded. Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf confirmed that Americans are among the injured. The gunmen are still holding hostages in the mall.