KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- CNN has reported that one of the suspects in the deadly attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is from the Kansas City area.
On Saturday chaos ensued at an upscale mall in Kenya when members of Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, took over and opened gunfire. Group members killed at least 69 people, wounded innocent bystanders, and also took some hostage.
"We don't know where that person and how a young boy lived here or any person lived here would do such horrible action," Yusef Abdi, the president of the Somali Bantu Foundation of Kansas Center, said.
CNN said Al-Shabaad, the group claiming responsibility for the attack tweeted the name 27-year-old Gen Mustafe Noorudiin from Kansas City, Mo., along with eight other names from the group's Twitter account. The news outlet said a source within the group confirms those names are of the attackers. The account has now been suspended.
Abdi said there are about 8,000 Somalian families in the area. He said the name "Mustafe" is Somalian.
"We have so many names with that, we have Mustafe here, we have Mustafe everywhere. I don't know exactly who that person is," Abdi said.
The country Somalia neighbors Kenya. Abdi said many Somalians call Kenya a second home because some crossed the border when the civil war broke out in 1991. He said what followed in his home country is a power struggle still going on now.
"Since the civil war there are too many different groups that came out and we always support the right person," Abdi said.
Abdi said they denounce the terrible action the militant group has taken.
"We don't support any terrorist or any group that affiliate with them. But the people of Somalia, I know they're peace lovers and they will not do this horrible action. This is new to everybody," he said.
Abdi said they are just praying the bloodshed ends quickly.
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