At least 26 people have been killed or succumbed to injuries following the shooting at the Westgate Shopping mall in Nairobi's Westlands area. This is according to the Kenya Red Cross service that provided emergency response services.
Red Cross also say that a further 50 people have been admitted to various hospitals with injuries ranging from gunshot wounds to fractures and cuts. The hospitals receiving patients are Aga Khan, MP Shah, Nairobi Hospital and the Kenyatta National Hospital.
A combined contingent of the General Service Unit, the Kenya Defence Forces among other security agencies are currently conducting an evacuation exercise at the Westgate shopping complex, but have said that they will not take chances and are thoroughly screening those rescued.
Police in the area have meanwhile lobbed teargas to disperse crowds that had gathered there since initial reports of the shootings acises these crowds were hampering the evacuation exercise as well as coordination of the security forces operation.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and the Cabinet Secretary of the Interior ministry Joseph Ole Lenku have also reiterated to the media to cease live broadcast of the ongoings at the mall and also to stop speculation on those involved as investigations into the incident will be conducted.