/ 22 September 2013

Death toll doubles in Kenya mall attack

Death Toll Doubles In Kenya Mall Attack

Fifty-nine people have been confirmed dead in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Kenya's interior minister said Sunday.

"We still have hostages in the mall, and this makes the operation delicate. We have 59 people who have been killed so far," Joseph Ole Lenku said.

Ole Lenku said they believe the gunmen, who seized the Westgate mall on Saturday afternoon, are between 10 and 15. 

Their identities are still being probed.

Security forces were still battling the gunmen, who belong Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Shabab rebels.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack. –Sapa-AFP