Kenyan President Declares Mall Siege Over
September 24, 2013
Kenyan president says mall siege is OVER: Five terrorists dead and bodies trapped in the rubble after three storeys of shopping centre collapse in raid
Total death toll now 72: 61 civilians, six security officers and five terrorists
President Kenyatta says country has 'ashamed and defeated' its attackers
Still at least three bodies in rubble and 11 alleged terrorists now in custody
Four-day hostage crisis after Saturday's attack on Nairobi shopping centre
By Sam Webb, Simon Tomlinson, and Mark Duell
Kenya's President tonight announced that his country had 'ashamed and defeated' its attackers following the siege on a Nairobi mall that has left 61 civilians and six security officers dead.
Three floors of the Westgate shopping centre collapsed towards the end of the operation by security forces, five alleged terrorists have been killed and there were still at least three bodies in the rubble.
Uhuru Kenyatta - who also declared three days of national mourning - said: ‘Fellow Kenyans, we have been badly hurt and feel great pain and loss - but we have been brave, united and strong.'
He said there were 11 alleged terrorists now in custody, adding: ‘Kenya has stared down great evil and triumphed… We have shamed and defeated our attackers. That part of our task was completed.'
For clarity, Mr Kenyatta said the attack had left 240 casualties, including 61 dead civilians and six of his security forces, adding that five terrorists were killed and another 11 suspects are in custody.
Kenyan President says Westgate Siege is OverFollowing a final gun battle with terrorists, three days of mourning have been called to mark one of Kenya's darkest chapters. By Adam Ross First Publish: 9/25/2013, 1:14 AM
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says the bloody siege at the Westgate shopping mall in the country's capital is finally over.
Kenyatta said in a televised address that five terrorists from Al Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-linked Somalian group were shot dead by troops with a further 11 suspects taken in custody.
Gunmen - and, it is emerging, at least one female terrorist - began the bloody assault by hurling grenades and firing indiscriminately with AK 47s as the building was packed with both locals and tourists enjoying the end of the weekend.
Earlier Tuesday the day Kenyan authorities said the siege on the mall was very nearly over as gun battles erupted throughout the afternoon.
The Kenyan president added: "Kenya has shamed and defeated our attackers", saying that the "losses are immense", as he confirmed the details of the gruesome assault on the mall in which 62 civilians and six soldiers has died.
He also called for three days of national mourning commencing Wednesday.
President Kenyatta also said it was thought that that many bodies - including those of terrorists – remained under a building in the mall which collapsed following a fire on Monday.
"I promise that we shall have a full accountability for the mindless destruction, deaths, pain, loss and suffering we have all undergone as a national family." Kenyatta told his countrymen,
"These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are," he said.
Report have been circulating that a team of Israeli military advisers were flown in as early as Sunday morning to help Kenyan security forces root out Islamist terrorists and rescue the remaining hostages.
The BBC reported that at least 18 foreigners were among the dead, including six Britons, as well as citizens from France, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Peru, India, Ghana, South Africa and China.