Not that this has anything to do with Islam. "Kenya terrorists may have rented space in mall," from the Associated Press, September 25 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
New reports Wednesday alleged the al Qaeda-linked terrorists behind the Nairobi mall massacre may have rented space inside the shopping center prior to their attack. The reports surfaced as FBI agents combed through rubble in a nightmarish hellscape in a hunt for bodies.
Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said officials have not yet confirmed reports that the attackers had rented a shop inside the mall.
He also were no indications that a woman took part in the attack, despite persistent speculation Britain’s “White Widow” was involved in the slaughter....
The current death toll is 67 and is likely to climb with uncounted bodies remaining in the wreckage of the Nairobi mall. Another 175 people were injured, including more than 60 who remain hospitalized. At least 18 foreigners were among those killed.
The Somali Islamic terrorist group which carried out the attack said Wednesday that foreigners were a “legitimate target” and confirmed witness accounts that gunmen separated Muslims from other people and let the Muslims go free. The others were gunned down or taken hostage.
“The Mujahideen carried out a meticulous vetting process at the mall and have taken every possible precaution to separate the Muslims from the Kuffar (disbelievers) before carrying out their attack,” the group said in an email exchange with The Associated Press.
Witnesses have told AP and other media that gunmen rounded up people, asked questions about Islam that a Muslim would know and told the Muslims to leave the mall. Still, some Muslims were among the victims.
Also among those killed when the militants entered the Westgate Mall on Saturday, firing assault rifles and throwing grenades were six Britons and citizens from France, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China.
Asked if al-Shabab had intended to kill foreigners, the group said “our target was to attack the Kenyan govt on it’s soil and any part of the Kenyan territory is a legitimate target … and Kenya should be held responsible for the loss of life, whether foreigners or local.”
Al-Shabab had threatened retaliation against Kenya for sending its troops into Somalia against al-Shabab, and many of those killed in an attack that horrified the world were Kenyans.
Though Kenya’s foreign minister earlier said that “two or three” American citizens may have been involved in the attack, a Western official said that after checking passport and refugee databases, there is not yet an indication any Americans were involved. Several U.S. cities, notably Minneapolis, host large Somali-American communities.