Tweets stream in over Kenya's Westgate mall shooting
Somalia's al-Shabab militants stormed Nairobi's Westgate mall in Kenya on Saturday, firing at civilians and throwing grenades.
While Kenya's military are involved in a stand-off between the extremist forces and Kenya's government, the two-day stand-off continues and has resulted in 68 deaths and 175 injuries.
Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre has been active on Twitter, continuously reassuring its followers:
This will end tonight. Our forces will prevail. Kenyans are standing firm against aggression, and we will win.
— Disaster OpCentre KE (@NDOCKenya) September 22, 2013
The militants, on the other hand, have used Twitter to react angrily to Kenya's military infiltration and have said that the action was endangering hostages. (The al-Shabab Twitter account has since been suspended).
Messages of hope
And while all this continues, messages of hope and solidarity from fellow Kenyan citizens and the rest of the world have been streaming in on social media platforms. Let take a look at some of the sentiments shared:
Most Twitter users conveyed their condolences to those who lost their lives or knew of someone who did:
— segeni (@segeni) September 23, 2013
— Moses Gunda Njenga (@Mosesgunda) September 23, 2013
I would like to send my heartfelt condolence to families who lost relatives and the entire nation for #Westgate mall attacks.
— mohamed hussein (@gelle114) September 23, 2013
Very very sorry for what's happing Kenya #Westgate attack
— Bashka Ayax (@BashkaAyax) September 23, 2013
Amb Mohamed Ali Nur, Somali Ambassador to Kenya publicly donated blood for the Injured of the Nairobi mall attack.
— Amb Mohamed Ali Nur (@AmbAmerico) September 22, 2013
While another social media user posted a message of hope and peace:
— Cube Rwanda (@CubeRwanda) September 23, 2013
Heartfelt images have been widely shared to show solidarity and support for those affected by the seige:
Another message widely shared on social media is "for all those hurt. For all those still in there. For those who've lost loved ones. For those battling it out in hospital. And for those we've sadly lost. We need your prayers."