A Kenyan court has ruled that there is enough evidence to charge three suspects in connection with the deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi, in 2013 in which 67 people died. Ahmed Abdi, Liban Omar and Hussein Mustafa are set to be charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack.
Police believe the suspects sheltered the mall attackers in Eastleigh, a mainly Somali district of Nairobi. None of them are accused of carrying out the attack itself.
Magistrate Francis Andayi freed a fourth suspect, Adan Dheq, for lack of evidence. The magistrate said he would give reasons for his ruling, which has taken more than four years to conclude, at a later date.
Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack that lasted four days, and claimed it was retribution for Kenya’s military presence in Somalia. The mall partially reopened in 2015 and has since remained heavily guarded.