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American victims of the Kenya attack
KENYA -- We are just starting to hear from some of the American victims of the attack and their family members.
At the same time we're learning more about the terrorist group claiming responsibility for this massacre and their efforts to recruited here in the United States.
American Nick Handler was at the Westgate Mall on Saturday with his two year old daughter. His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was a floor below
He heard a loud explosion and gunfire so he grabbed his daughter and ran.
Nick Handler Mall Survivor We got pushed back into the building and up a flight of stairs. We ended up hiding out in an inventory room.
His wife was evacuated by police...And the family reunited outside on the street.
We just sort of ran towards each other and hugged. It was incredibly emotional
California native Elaine Dang was among the dozens injured.
She said she had surgeries on her chestarmsand legs.
Elaine Dang (source: kfmb/cbs. embargo: kgtv)
I'm ok. I'm very grateful to be alive.
The Somali terror group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) It's extremely deadly organization, very well trained.
US officials say it's one of the only al Qaeda affiliates to recruit here in the US. They say there have been about 50 American recruits. More than
half have been traced back to Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
Last month, al Shabaab posted this online recruiting video with three young men from Minneapolis who it said died as martyrs.
If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here. This is the real Disneyland.
Al Shabaab leaders who have pledged allegiance to al Qaeda, have vowed to hit US targets.
Brad Garrett former FBI Agent
ABC News Crime and Terrorism Analyst