Nairobi mall shooting preceded by Israeli warning to Kenya

Smoke rises above the Westgate mall in Nairobi on Sept. 23. Credit: Anne Knight via Wikimedia Commons.

( Israel was among several countries that warned Kenya that it was at risk for a major terror attack before the Nairobi mall shooting took place Sept. 21, according to intelligence reports that were leaked to Kenyan newspapers.

“Israel had warned of attacks on their business interests but apart from just being tossed from one office to another, nothing was taken out of the intelligence reports,” said one anonymous Kenyan official, AFP reported.

In particular, the Westgate mall—site of the recent terror attack by Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group that killed at least 67 people—was cited as a prime target due to the number of Israeli-owned businesses located there.

Posted on September 29, 2013 .