Attack at Kenya mall causing concern in Chicago

A terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya over the weekend is causing some concern in Chicago.

CNN reports the attack began Saturday with an estimated 10 to 15 gunmen. Two attackers were killed Saturday. Witnesses said the gunmen went from store to store, shooting people, and then took hostages.

The Kenyan Red Cross said that 62 people had died since the Saturday attack by gunmen from the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group. The agency had previously reported 69 deaths. Some bodies had been counted twice, it said on Twitter.

Kenyan authorities say they have killed three of the terrorists.
The Somalia-based organization claiming responsibility for this attack says it is retaliation for an attack on their camps in 2011.

Still, having this happen at a shopping mall, is easily relatable to  Americans and causing some concern here.

Symon Ogeto, organizes trips to his native Kenya from his office in Hyde Park.  He says the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi could easily fit into the American landscape and often tells visitors to go there.

“It was unbelievable. If there’s a place that’s well guarded, it’s Westgate,” he said.

New York City’s police commissioner today said his department is stepping up patrols at public venues, like shopping centers, because of this attack.

So far no word on if Chicago police will follow suit.

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