An attack by gunman on an upscale Nairobi mall, initially believed to be a botch robbery, has now been confirmed as a terrorist attack. The Shabab, a Somalian terrorist organization, has taken credit for the attacks, which has left 30 people dead.

The Shahab has stated that the attack was in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan forces inside of Somalia. A series of twitter messages, posted by the New York Times, reads "By land, air and sea, Kenyan forces invaded our Muslim country, killing hundreds of Muslims in the process and displacing thousands more. The Kenyan government, however, turned a deaf ear to our repeated warnings and continued to massacre innocent Muslims in Somalia."

As night fell in Nairobi, the gunman remained in the mall, while police officers continued to surround it in a tense standoff. The mall had been popular with the Kenyan elite and western diplomats. Seven hostages have now been released by the gunman, and it is believed no civilians remain in the mall.