Mall, site of 2013 mas­sacre, re­opens

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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.”

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