NAIROBI, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The toll from a fatal attack on Kenya's popular shopping mall has risen to 69, with 63 people missing on the third day of the standoff between security forces and Somalia-based Al-Shabaab fighters at the hotspot in Nairobi, the capital of the East African country.
The Kenya Red Cross said on Monday those still unaccounted for may include both hostages still held at the mall by their captors and victims already slain while yet to be confirmed.
Al-Shabaab linked to Al-Qaida claims responsibility for Saturday's terror attack on Nairobi's renowned Westgate shopping mall, saying it is avenging the military intervention launched in October 2011 by Kenya into southern Somalia against the militant group.
Kenya says siege to end soon as world leaders offer support
NAIROBI, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's military authorities confirmed early Monday that a siege to rescue hostages still holed up in the Westgate mall after terrorist attacks on Saturday may to come to an end soon as death toll rose to 68.
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) spokesman Col. Cyrus Oguna said they have been able to rescue most of the people from the shopping, noting that no more than 10 hostages are left in the building. Full story
Death toll in Nairobi mall attack rises to 68: Red Cross
NAIROBI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Kenya Red Cross Society said on Sunday that death toll in an terror attack in a shopping mall in Kenya's capital Nairobi has soared to 68 after nine more bodies are recovered at the building.
Fresh gunfire erupted from time to time in the mall on Sunday as Kenyans security forces are trying to push on and rescue hostages holed up by up to 15 gunmen for over 24 hours at the upscale mall frequented by wealthy Kenyans and foreigners.Full story
Kenya rules out pulling soldiers from Somalia
NAIROBI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday ruled out withdrawing soldiers from Somalia to refute pressure from Al-Shabaab gunmen, who launched a deadly attack the previous day on a popular mall in retaliation for the Kenyan intervention.
Addressing a joint news conference by opposition leaders in Nairobi, Kenyatta said Kenya will not relent in its resolve to fight global terrorism after the insurgents claimed responsibility for Saturday's attacks.Full story