Westgate Mall marks second anniversary of terror attack


Candles being lit at Nakumatt Westgate Mall to mark two years since the terror attack as well as the International Day of Peace.

Security has been beefed up in all major towns as Nakumatt outlets mark the second anniversary since a terror attack at Westgate shopping mall that left 67 people dead.

Police officers were spotted at Nakumatt branches countrywide as special prayers were held to commemorate the attack which coincides with the International Day of Peace.

Families and friends congregated to honour the departed while candles were lit at Nakumatt branches.

“Peace can only be kept by understanding. Happy World International Peace Day,” Nakumatt said on their twitter account on Monday.

Nakumatt Westgate’s new mall, rebuilt at a cost of Sh2 billion, was reopened by Nairobi governor Evans Kidero in July.

Kidero said the reopening was an indicator of Nairobi’s position as an attractive place to live, work and invest.

In 2014, to mark the anniversary of the attack, al Shabaab said it would publish a series of articles titled “The Westgate Attack and the Wicked Position of Evil Scholars”, to show the significance of the strike.

The attack was perpetrated by al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants, who later said was in retaliation of KDF in Somalia.