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NY Rep. King: Al-Shabab Recruited In US

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Kenyan officials say the assault by Somali militants on Nairobi's top shopping mall killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 others. Kenyan officials say the assault by Somali militants on Nairobi's top shopping mall killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 others.
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A member of the House Homeland Security Committee says the al-Qaida affiliated group behind the deadly attack on an upscale shopping mall in Kenya recruited up to 50 people from Somali American communities in the U.S.

Rep. Pete King said Sunday between 15 and 20 of the Somali Americans al-Shabab recruited remain active.

The New York Republican says the concern is that some may return and "use their abilities on the U.S." King says he assumes the FBI and local law enforcement are looking at Somali American communities to make sure no follow up attacks are planned for the United States.

King tells ABC's "This Week" he was briefed on the Nairobi attack in which 59 people were killed. He likened the incident to the 2011 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

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Fresh troops have been brought in and multiple barrages of gunfire erupted today at the upscale Kenyan mall where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremist attackers.

Officials today raised the death toll to 59 with 175 wounded and say the operation is delicate because of the hostages. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Lenku says about 1,000 people have been rescued so far and Kenyan forces control of security cameras inside the Nairobi mall.

Somalia's radical rebel group, al-Shabab, claims responsibility for the attack as retribution for the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.

Al-Shabab says there will be no negotiations.

Kenyans and foreigners were among those confirmed dead, including two French and two Canadian citizens. Four American citizens were wounded.

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U.S. officials say four American citizens have been injured in Saturday's deadly attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.

The officials say the wife of a foreign service national working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed.

Kenyan officials say the assault by Somali militants on Nairobi's top shopping mall killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 others.

A State Department official says consular officers have been in contact with the four injured Americans and have been providing appropriate assistance. No details about them have been released due to privacy concerns.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the attack "a heartbreaking reminder that there exists unspeakable evil in our world which can destroy life in a senseless instant."

In a statement from the White House, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council says the U.S. will help bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.

NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says "We will continue to stand with the Kenyan people in their efforts to confront terrorism in all its forms, including the threat posed by al-Shabaab." She says "This cowardly act against innocent civilians will not shake our resolve."

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