Westgate shopping mall

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Westgate
Nakumatt Westgate.JPG
Westgate shopping mall in July 2007.
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Coordinates 1°15′24.49″S 36°48′11.82″E / 1.2568028°S 36.8032833°E / -1.2568028; 36.8032833Coordinates: 1°15′24.49″S 36°48′11.82″E / 1.2568028°S 36.8032833°E / -1.2568028; 36.8032833
Opening date 2007 (2007)
Closing date 2013 (2013)
No. of stores and services 80+
Total retail floor area 350,000 square feet
No. of floors 5

Westgate was an upscale shopping mall located in the Westlands neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya. A 2013 terrorist attack on the mall (21-24 September) resulted in the death of at least 72 people including 61 civilians, six security personnel, and five attackers, with 175 non-fatal injuries. Three floors of the mall eventually collapsed.

Overview[edit]

The five-storey mall opened in 2007 and included 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of retail space and houses more than 90 stores.[1] Nakumatt and Planet Media Cinemas anchor the mall. Other large units include Identity, Mr. Price Home, Artcaffe, and Barclays Bank on the ground floor, and Millionaires Casino on the second floor. Smaller units include outlets for international brands Adidas, Bata Shoes, CFC Stanbic Bank, Converse, FedEx, and Samsung Mobile.[2]

The luxury shopping center is popular with Kenya's new consumer class, as well as foreign officials and expatriates.[3][4]

2013 mass shooting[edit]

The mall on 23 September 2013

On 21 September 2013, a group of 4 terrorists associated with the al-Shabaab militant group wounded and killed customers, employees and visitors at the Westgate mall in an extended attack, using firearms and hand grenades. At least 68 people were reportedly killed, with over 200 injured. The Islamists held many customers hostage and it took four days to end the attack.[5] By 25 September, three floors of the mall had collapsed because of it.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shopping mall is premier complex that's home to international brands". Daily Nation. 21 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Westgate Shopping Mall at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 June 2012)
  3. ^ "Kenya Mall Attack: Death Toll Rises to 59". The Wall Street Journal. 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gunmen Kill Dozens in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall". The New York Times. 21 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Terrorist Attack in Kenya Mall leaves over 60 Dead". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kenya president: Mall siege over, 3 mall floors collapsed". USA Today. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.