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Westgate Mall set for opening after 2013 terror attack

30 March 2015, 18:39 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Westgate Shopping Mall is set for opening on 1 July, 2015, after it was closed down following the attack by Al Shabaab militants on 21 September, 2013.

According to the Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who visited the site to see the ongoing construction, the mall's front entrance will be opened in July, while the back, which is currently under construction will be opened at the end of the year.

He said the building will be fully occupied in 2016.

Also read: Westgate survivor vows to return once repairs are complete

Businesses at the mall were forced to shutdown following the attack that left 67 people dead.

“Terrorists could have succeeded in maiming and killing our loved ones but they did not succeed to kill our spirit and resolve to rebuild as a nation,” Kidero said.

“They only succeeded in giving us the strength to continue. I will ensure the Mall is restored to its former glory and to continue being an avenue for Kenyan businesses to thrive and provide employment to Kenyans,” he added.

Also read: Westgate survivor vows to return once repairs are complete

Last year September, thousands of Kenyans joined the survivors and families of the victims of the attack to commemorate one year since the attack.

A plaque bearing the names of the victims was unveiled during the commemoration that was attended by close to 2,500 people.

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