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Post  ian1954 Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:05 pm

Some of you may notice that often I am absent from the site for varying periods of time and this is usually because I am on my travels.

I have just returned from Nairobi, this was my third visit in eight weeks, and my hotel was a few hundred yards from this horrendous incident.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24280328

Over 60 men, women and children were slaughtered here and over 170 "injured". I always hate the description "injured" because it conjures up cuts and bruises rather than the devastation bullets and grenades inflict.

For as long as I can remember, London has been subject to bomb threats and bomb attacks, but I have not known anything on this scale with the targetting that took place in Nairobi.

The Westgate Mall is tiny compared to the "Malls" (Shopping Centres) in and around London which are themselves miniscule compared the those in the USA. It is unimaginable to me what would happen in a mall supporting thousands of shoppers, as opposed to hundreds, being assaulted with AK47s and grenades!

This was a very distressing turn of events for the people of Kenya and the World's security teams have focussed on this because of the potential for repetition.

I left a very subdued capital city!
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Post  roddie Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:07 pm

My God, Ian...
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Post  dckrsn Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:16 pm

I'm glad you got out ok Ian. Crying or Very sad 

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Post  Cribbs74 Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:30 pm

Good to hear you made it home OK. Truely a huge mess over there.
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Post  duke.johnson Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:31 pm

Ian
I'm so glad you are back safe. It gave me chills to read that. I just don't have the words to express my thoughts now.
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Post  Admin Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:56 am

I'm glad to hear you are okay!

Someday something like that will happen here... What I've heard is a few of those terrorists came from Minnesota. We have been bringing in thousands of Somali refugees since the early 90s and they have since taken over many neighborhoods in the metro area. In some areas, you have no idea what they are selling in their stores as all their signs are in Arabic. The terrorist groups have been recruiting them from here for years. Many others have been sending their money back to fund those terrorist groups. Its in the local news all the time and now its starting to make the national news.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/26/somalis-in-minn-say-youths-enticed-to-join-terror-group/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/26/somalia-terror-groups/2875037/
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57604736/kenya-mall-terror-attack-group-al-shabab-still-draws-somalis-from-u.s/

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