NAIROBI, 2 November 2020 – A court in Kenya has sentenced two men to 18 and 33 years in prison for assistance they offered to the Islamist militants who attacked a shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi, in 2013.
Sixty-seven people were confirmed killed in the attack.
Mohammed Ahmed Abdi who received the 33-year prison sentence, and Hussein Hassan Mustafa, who was sent to prison for 18 years, were found guilty of planning and committing acts of terror, as well as supporting and helping a terrorist group.
A third suspect, Liban Abdulahi, was found not guilty.
Eyewitnesses reported that the day he was found not guilty, gunmen stopped his taxi and abducted him.
He has since not been seen or heard from.
Al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack in which no fewer than 67 people – five security officers, 62 civilians and the four gunmen – were killed.
Investigators concluded that the four militants who carried out the attack were found dead in the rubble that a huge part of the Westgate Mall was reduced to.
The jihadists occupied the mall for four days prior to the attack, one of the deadliest in Kenyan history.
The attackers who entered the mall on a Saturday in September 2013 opened fire on shoppers, leading to a siege that lasted four days.
Al-Shabab has said it carried out the attack in response to Kenyan military operations in Somalia.