Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall set to reopen

Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall to reopen after being closed since it shut its doors in 2013 following deadly attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Westgate shopping mall in Kenya, the site of a mass murder that took place in 2013 in which 67 people were killed and many others were injured, is set to reopen on Saturday.

The mall, which is owned by an Israeli businessman, has been equipped with extensive security and installed with x-ray machines, explosive detectors and bullet-proof guard towers, all paid for by the owner.

The Somali-based militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, which lasted for three days.

Nadia Osman, one of the shop owners at the mall, who is reopening her shop - the Fragrance Lounge - and told Al Jazeera that she was at the mall when the attack took place.

"I ran out in a very bad state. It was the worst day ever. I had to come into the mall after a few weeks to recover the stock," Osman said.

"We're ready to open, we're ready to sell but are people going to come in?”

"We urge everyone to support us. It could happen anywhere, any time. The security is much better than before, we are much better than where we were two years back but I feel we still have a long way to go."

Al-Shabab insurgents have since been responsible for a chain of attacks in Kenya, with the deadliest in occurring April this year when the group’s gunmen murdered 148 people at Garissa University in the country's east.

TRTWorld and agencies