4 suspects in Nairobi attack tour damaged mall

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 12:01 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Court officials and four handcuffed ethnic Somalis accused of aiding the gunmen who attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall in September have walked through the heavily damaged shopping center.

The mall tour on Tuesday, led by Chief Magistrate Daniel Ochenja, helped the court visualize the mall's layout for the ongoing trial of the four men, who are accused of aiding the gunmen.

Construction workers continued to clear debris from the large hole in the mall where the main fight between Kenyan military forces and the four gunmen took place. Stores have been emptied of merchandise. Blackened air ducts have been ripped out of the ceiling. Insulation litters the floor.

The lawyer for the accused, Mbugua Mureithi, said his clients say Tuesday's trip was the first time they have been to Westgate.

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