Source: Store in besieged Kenyan mall run by attackers or associates

Michael Pearson and Nima Elbagir
Sept. 27, 2013

To anyone shopping at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, it would likely have seemed just another store.

But according to a Kenyan intelligence official, the small shop concealed an ominous secret. It was rented by the Al-Shabaab terrorists, or their associates, who within a year would carry out an attack on the upscale shopping mall.

The information — revealed Friday to CNN by the source, who is close to the investigation into the attack — suggests the Somalian terror organization had been planning the operation at least that long.

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