Kenya mall shooting: 59 killed as troops battle to free remaining hostages


Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants, in a final push to end a siege. (Reuters)
Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants, in a final push to end a siege. (Reuters)
Kenya’s interior Cabinet secretary says at least 59 people were killed and 175 wounded in the attack by al-Qaida-linked militants at an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall.

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Joseph Lenku said on Sunday that about 1,000 people have been rescued so far from the Westgate mall.

The gunmen remained inside with hostages nearly 24 hours after they launched the attack with grenades and assault rifles.

Lenku said that there are 10 to 15 attackers involved. He said that Kenyan forces have control of the security cameras inside the mall. Combined military and police forces have surrounded the building.

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Heavy gunfire could be heard as Kenyan security officials said they were attempting to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end the nearly 24-hour-long bloodbath at the Westgate mall.

“We are still battling with the attackers and our forces have managed to maroon the attackers on one of the floors,” said Kenyan military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna.

Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants, in a final push to end a siege with an unknown number of hostages still being held.

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“We still do not know the number of hostages nor the attackers but we hope to bring this to an end today,” he said.

The Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, and targeted non-Muslims.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation late yesterday that he had “personally lost family members in the Westgate attack”.

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“Let me make it clear. We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to. We shall get them. We shall punish them for this heinous crime,” he vowed.

Two Indians and a South Korean were among the dead. Paris confirmed that two French citizens were among those killed in what it condemned as a “cowardly” attack. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper said two Canadians, one of

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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