Gunfire Reported At Nairobi Mall

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An explosion and gunfire have been reported at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi where suspected al shabab militants are still holding a number of hostages. Kenya Red Cross Society reports 69 people have been killed and 175 injured since the attack began on Saturday afternoon.

An explosion and gunfire have been reported at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi where suspected al shabab militants are still holding a number of hostages.
 
Kenya Red Cross Society reports 69 people have been killed and 175 injured since the attack began on Saturday afternoon. The Somali based Alshabab militias have claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) say between 10 and 15 are still inside the shopping centre. KDF says they want to dislodge the attackers and end the crisis today. KDF said on Twitter last night that all efforts are under way to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion.
 
AFP news agency quotes an unnamed Kenyan security source as saying an army assault was underway.
 
Some civilians are still trapped, either as hostages or because they are hiding.
 
The centre of the attack is a multi-storey upmarket shopping centre, owned by an Israeli businessman. It has restaurants, cafes, banks, a large supermarket and a cinema.
 
On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta rallied Kenyans and the people in the region saying terrorism is a global issue that should be fought by everyone.
 
In a show of unity in the face of tragedy, Kenyatta addressed a joint press conference with his political rivals, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his deputy Musalia Mudavadi.