23 September 2013

Kenya: Forces in 'Full Control' After Action to End Mall Siege

Photo: PHOTOESSAY: President Declares Kenya Mall Siege Over

Police respond to the shooting and hostage situation at Nairobi's Westgate Mall, in which more than 60 people were killed.

Kenya's security forces have freed most of the hostages in Westgate Mall, and are in "full control" of all the floors in the building, according to the cabinet secretary of the country's interior ministry, Joseph Ole Lenku.

Lenku, during a live television broadcast, said the militants who killed more than 60 people, are "hiding", while two attackers were killed this morning, and the operation will come to an end "soon".

He warned against misleading information being spread about the thick, grey smoke billowing from the mall, after speculation that the attackers detonated explosives. Lenku also warned people against con artists scamming people out of money by saying that they are collecting for victims of the mall shooting.

He denied that other countries were involved in the operation to free the hostages, saying it was a joint Kenyan effort by the defence force, national intelligence and police.
"We have, however, received goodwill support from several countries, and we are grateful."

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