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On September 22, 2013, while the standoff between Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen operatives and Kenyan forces at Nairobi's Westgate mall was still in progress, an unofficial Twitter account claiming to be linked to the Al-Qaeda affiliated group released a list of the presumed attackers. The list includes six Americans, a Canadian, a Swede, a Finn and a British national as well as two Syrians, and a Dagestani.
It should be noted that the account, which was since suspended, did not claim to be Al-Shabab's official account, and that the names provided could represent disinformation tactics. Another account associated with Al-Shabab emphasized that the account was bogus.
Another caveat is that the group's official account denied publishing the attackers' names.
The following are the attackers' names as provided by the list:
Ahmed Mohamed Isse, 22 years old, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, 24 years old, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Gen Mustafe Noorudiin, 27 years old, from Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Qasim Said Mussa, 22 years old, from Garissa, Kenya.
Ahmed Nasir Shirdoon, 24 years old, from London, UK.
Zaki Jama Caraale, 20 years old from Hargeisa, Somalia.
Ismael Guled, 23 years old, from Helsinki, Finland.
Sayid Nuh, 25 years old, from Kismayu, Somalia.
Abdirazek Mouled, 24 years old, from Ontario, Canada.
Shafi Die, 25 years old, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Abdishakour Sheikh Hussein, 22 years old, Maine, USA.
Sa'd Daoud, 23 years old, Damascus, Syria.
Abdikarem 'Ali Mohamed, 21 years old, Illinois, USA.
Eliko Mamidof, 27 years old, Dagestan, Russia.
Muhammad Abdelqader, 21 years old, Säffle, Sweden.
Muhammad Bader, 25 years old, Aleppo, Syria.
On September 23, two more lists of attackers were published on social media. Both of the lists seem to come from the same source, or alternatively, one is based on the other. One list includes the names of the attackers, their age and their place of origin (city and country or only country). It was posted on the Twitter account @alkhair2012, which took it from the suspended Al-Shabab account @HSMPress_arabic. The second list, which is found in several places, for example on the Twitter account @asood_alsonnah, includes only the counties of origin and the number of the attackers which came from each country. The numbers in the second list fit those of the first.
The detailed list includes16 names, like the one published by @HSM_PRESS OFFICE (see the first part of this report), but with some differences, which are:
From London, UK, it includes, in addition to Ahmed Nasir Shirdoon who is mentioned in the former list, 23-year-old Liban Badam.
It includes three people from Sweden: one is Muhammad Abdelqader who was mentioned in the former list, and the other two are Isma'il 'Ali, 24 years old, from Växjö, and Mouled Ahmed, 24 years old, from Gävleborgs län.
The list doesn't include three of the six Americans mentioned in the former list: Ahmed Mohamed Isse from Minnesota, Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid from Minnesota and Gen Mustafe Noorudiin from Kansas City, Missouri.
The list with the names of the attackers:
The list without the names of the attackers:
Reactions To The Nairobi Attack On Jihadi Forums
Online jihadis on forums and social media rejoiced over the news coming out of Nairobi, praising Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen for the attack. Jihadis stressed that the Westgate mall is an "Israeli" target and therefore the attack constitutes a fight between Al-Qaeda and "the Jews".
Many jihadis were thrilled by the fact that the list of attackers included many who allegedly hail from western countries, noting that this "strikes terror [in the West] even more than the attack itself."
One jihadi wrote under the hashtag "The Nairobi Operation": "My sheikh, Abu Abdallah Osama [bin Laden], it is as if your pure soul hovers above the battlefield [in Nairobi], bringing back memories of the battles of Nairobi and Dar Al-Salam [the bombings of the U.S. embassies in the Kenyan and Tanzanian capitals]."
Many jihadis distributed the cartoon below, that shows Al-Shabab forces entering Kenya in response to the Kenyan military intervention in Somalia, quoting a phrase used by bin Laden: "As you kill, you shall be killed".