NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen used grenades and opened fire Saturday at Nairobi's most upscale mall, witnesses and police said.
Police arrived on foot about a half an hour after the attacks began, witnesses said. Five dozen people were seen rushing out of the mall amid AK-47 gunfire and grenade bursts. The volleys of gunfire also moved outside the mall more than 20 minutes after the attacks began.
Rob Vandijk, who works at the Dutch embassy, said he was eating at a restaurant inside the mall when attackers lobbed hand grenades inside the building. He said gunfire then burst out and people screamed as they dropped to the ground.
Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue said the gunmen had besieged the building, and officers are on the ground now engaging the attackers. He said the men were trying to rob a shop within the mall.
Cars were left abandoned outside the mall after the attack started around midday.
The mall is situated in Nairobi's affluent westlands area and is frequented by expatriates and rich Kenyans.