NAIROBI, Kenya — Nearly a month after gunmen attacked an upscale mall in Kenya, one of them has been identified as a Norwegian-Somali, officials said today, as charred body parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping center awaited forensics analysis to determine if they were the remains of the assailants.
The suspect was identified as Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, the first time officials have confirmed having a real name of one of possibly four attackers from the Somali militant group al-Shabab who stormed the mall four weeks ago Saturday. Norwegian tax records show a Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow was born in 1990 and was registered at an address in Larvik, southern Norway, as late as 2009.
Charred pieces of bodies, enough to fill two plastic boxes about a foot wide and across, have been recovered from the part of the Westgate Mall that had collapsed as security forces battled the terrorists, officials said today. Four AK-47 rifles believed to have been used by the attackers were also recovered from the rubble.