Kenyan Court Files First Charges for Nairobi Mall Attack

Four ethnic Somalis charged with helping plan four-day siege.

Smoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 23, 2013.
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Four men, believed to be ethnic Somalis, have been charged with assisting in carrying out the four-day attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya, that resulted in at least 67 deaths and dozens of injuries.

Mohammed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah, Adnan Ibrahim and Hussein Hassan have been charged with aiding terrorist groups and living in Kenya illegally, reports the BBC, citing charging documents.

These are the first charges to be brought for the attack, which lasted from Sept. 21-24.

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None of the men is believed to have carried out the attack. The charges are limited to aiding the terrorist group that laid siege to the mall.

Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, now a known al-Qaida affiliate, has claimed credit for the attack.

All four of the men have pleaded not guilty to the charges. None had a lawyer. The charges also include obtaining false identification documents.

The four attackers who carried out the assault all died in a violent clash with security forces. One of them is believed to be Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, 23, a Somali-born Norwegian citizen.

The men will likely remain in custody until Nov. 11 when the court will set a date to begin the trial.

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