NAIROBI, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Top forensic experts from Britain, U.S. and Israeli joined their Kenyan counterparts on Wednesday in carrying out analysis at the Westgate shopping mall which was stormed by terrorists last Saturday, killing over 60 people.
Cabinet Secretary Francis Kimemia however said the priority will focus on debris clearance in order to facilitate immediate recovery of bodies trapped in the ramble at the complex after three floors collapsed during security operation.
"Leading forensic experts from other countries allowed to join including ISRAEL, USA and UK but Kenya leads," Kimemia said on Wednesday, adding that President Uhuru Kenyatta has summoned a special cabinet meeting and National Security and Advisory Council to take stock of lessons learnt and formulate way forward.
He said the two meetings will take critical analysis of the situation and devise appropriate stringent national measures following the shopping mall attack that has shocked the international community.
Kimemia said the Special National Security and Advisory Council will push for a revitalized national and regional counter terrorism strategy and disaster management.
The East African country has recently admitted that the threat of terror attacks remains real, but security personnel are on high alert. The Al-Shabaab militia group, which is aligned to Al-Qaida network, said before that it would attack Kenya.
They claimed responsibility for the Saturday attacks which they said was in retaliation for the cross border incursion in southern Somalia in 2011.
Since the east African nation sent troops across the border into Somalia two years ago, north-eastern Kenya, Nairobi and Mombasa have been hit by a series of blasts, many targeting local security forces.
The government official's remarks come after Kenyatta promised that the terrorists, their accomplices and patrons will meet justice for destruction, deaths, pain and loss Kenyans have suffered.
In a televised address to the national on Tuesday evening, Kenyatta who also lost close family members said suggestions by intelligence analysts that one British woman and two or three Americans may have been involved could not be confirmed immediately.
"We cannot confirm the details at present. Forensic experts are working to ascertain the nationalities of the terrorists," Kenyatta said.
He praised the country's security forces for their dedication and professionalism that ensured the success of the operation, saying the officers' efforts exemplify the national values in action. He also saluted national leaders who stood together to reassure the nation that Kenya is one, indivisible national family.
"For sharing the nation's pain and anxiety, and for reaffirming the core principles of leadership, you have encouraged the nation. Let no one amongst us ever be blamed for dividing the people of Kenya," he said.
"The people of Kenya thank you. The operation to contain terrorists, pacify and stabilize our region and continent continues, and there will be opportunity to consult and cooperate in future."
Noting that terrorism is a global problem that requires global solutions, Kenyatta said Kenya will stand with its friends in tackling the evil.
He disclosed that forensic teams are still at the scene of the tragedy and will put together a final report with the confirmed death toll at the completion of their investigations.
President Kenyatta noted that the attack has strengthened and renewed Kenyans' resolve to live as one strong, open, stable, democratic and prosperous republic, where people of all races, cultures and faiths pursue happiness together.
In the confrontation with the terrorists at the Westgate mall 61 civilians and six security officers lost their lives. Five terrorists were killed and 11 suspects are in custody.
"Let us work in unity, in the spirit with which we defeated the monster of terrorism, to heal the wounds inflicted on us, and to confront the obstacles in our way to prosperity," Kenyatta said.
"As we put this tragic period behind us, let us stay true to who we are. Our attackers wished to destroy the essential character of our society. They failed. Kenya endured. Kenya endures."
NAIROBI, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that the task to defeat attackers at a shopping mall in Nairobi has been completed after four days of fighting which saw a death toll of 72 people, including five terrorists.
"We have ashamed and defeated our attackers," Kenyatta said in a televised address, noting "that part of task has been completed. " He said five terrorists have been killed and 11 suspects are in custody. Full story