Four charged with aiding Kenyan mall siege

Nov 04, 2013, 7:36 AM EST
A Kenyan police officer deployed near the Westgate mall stands guard on September 28, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Authorities in Kenya have charged four Somali nationals with offensives related to September's terrorist attack on Westgate Mall that killed 67 people.

A court ordered the four men — Mohamed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdulla Omar, Hussein Hassan Mustafah, and Aden Abdikadir Ibrahim — imprisoned until a court hearing next week.

Among the charges were harboring a fugitive and illegally registering as a Kenyan.

Authorities have detained dozens of people in the wake of the four-day mall siege, but had not said any suspects were directly related to the attack. It's unclear how many arrests have been made.

The Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was in retaliation for Kenyan troops' deployment in southern Somalia.