Smoke rises from a mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. (credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

SMU Student Loses Friend In Kenya Mall Attack

As gunshots rang out at an upscale mall in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya, located more than 8,000 miles away, Esther Kanyua could only read about it online, sitting at her computer in her home in Lake Dallas.


An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Kenyan woman coming out of an air vent where she was hiding during an attack by masked gunmen at a shopping mall in Nairobi on September 21, 2013. Masked attackers stormed the packed upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi, spraying gunfire and killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens more before holing themselves up in the complex. (credit: Nichole Sobecki/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenyan Forces Rescue Hostages From Mall Attack

A Kenyan military assault on the Somali-based, al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab who were holding hostages at a shopping mall in Nairobi may have broken the standoff.