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Terror attack kills at least 39 in Kenya

Gunmen open fire at upscale mall; Al Qaeda-linked group suspected

NAIROBI — Masked gunmen stormed into an upscale, crowded mall in Nairobi on Saturday and fatally shot at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 in one of the most chilling terrorist attacks in East Africa since Al Qaeda blew up two US embassies in 1998.

Parents hurled their bodies over their children, people jumped into ventilation shafts to save themselves, and shoppers huddled behind the plastic mannequins of designer clothing stores as two squads of gunmen believed to be linked to a Somali terrorist group moved through the mall, shooting shoppers in the head.

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