Westgate attack: Seven years later, we’ve made progress

Westgate Mall on fire on September 23, 2013.

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What you need to know:

  • The September 21, 2013 terror attack was the first known Al-Shabaab siege in Kenya, posing a major security headache.
  • Kenyan intelligence officials further argue they have over the years registered successes in intercepting suspected terrorists and uncovering plans, potentially preventing more attacks.
  • Security expert Clinton Lagoon Obong’o says including private security firms is a boost to the fight.

Reflections on a terror attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, seven years ago today, are incomplete without revisiting what was largely seen as a bungled response by security agencies during the four-day siege.


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