Siege at Nairobi Mall Ends (The Wall Street Journal)

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The Wall Street JournalExperts on international affairs say the Nairobi shopping mall attack—which killed at least 61 people before security forces on September 24 ended the four-day gun battle—point out how easily Islamist insurgents can penetrate a country’s defenses, The Wall Street Journal reports. Also, the newspaper reports, the Kenyan government’s lack of experience with terrorist attacks may have been a factor in the situation’s resolution.

Daniel Benjamin, the Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the U.S. State Department’s former top counterterrorism official, tells the Journal that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inexperience may have prolonged the crisis.

“Part of the reason the attack was so devastating is the Kenyans’ lack of experience with a situation like this,” Benjamin tells the Journal.

Read the full story, published 9/24/13 by The Wall Street Journal.