Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kenya Massacre: At Least 59 Confirm Dead

At least 59 people were killed and 175 injured in Saturday's attack on a Nairobi shopping centre, a Kenyan government minister has said.
Joe Lenku said 1,000 people had managed to escape from the Westgate centre after the assault by suspected al-Shabab militants.
He added that between 10 to 15 attackers were still in the building.
It is not known how many civilians remain trapped there - either as hostages or hiding from the militants.
There is increasing activity here. We've heard gunfire ring out about twice in the past hour, and we've seen many ambulances coming in and out.
At the moment police say the situation is under control, they say know where the gunmen are, and they have them contained.
They've also asked the public to volunteer information about people still in the building. You get the feeling the police don't know how many are in there.
This is an upmarket shopping mall - it's one of the more exclusive ones in Nairobi. It often attracts foreigners and wealthy Kenyans, many of them of Indian descent. This is a situation which is cutting across race, tribes and nationalities.
There is a heavy military presence both in and around the shopping centre, and sporadic gunfire can be heard from inside.
There are reports that the gunmen are currently holed up in a supermarket.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier vowed to "hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to".
Al-Shabab told the BBC it carried out the attack on the upmarket shopping centre in response to Kenyan military operations in Somalia.

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