Mall, site of 2013 massacre, reopens
Thousands of people turned out Saturday as Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall reopened, nearly two years after gunmen from the Somali militant group al-Shabab massacred at least 67 people inside and held out for four days as security forces laid siege. Stores and restaurants were crowded with patrons.
Once a totem of Kenya’s growing prosperity, the Westgate building has since become symbolic of growing insecurity in the East African nation. Images of the September 2013 raid hurt tourism, a vital part of the economy.
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero said the reopening shows the resilience of the Kenyan people. “I know there will be apprehensions,” he said, “but as a country we are safer than ever, and we will continue to work to ensure that our country is safe.”