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Kenyan president: 39 dead in mall shooting
UPDATED 5:15 p.m.: Kenya's president says that 39 people have been killed and more than 150 injured by armed terrorists during the attack.
UPDATED 3:06 p.m.: NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group is claiming responsibility for the deadly attack on a mall in Kenya.
A statement from al-Shabab on its official Twitter feed Saturday says the attacks are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia. The group said it was now shifting the battlefield to Kenya.
The group said its fighters entered Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall at around noon and were still inside more than nine hours later. Kenyan military special forces had entered the mall in an effort to end the standoff.
Nairobi's mortuary superintendent, Sammy Nyongesa Jacob, says at least 23 bodies killed in the attack were brought in. He said Africans, Asians and Caucasians were among the dead.
Al-Shabab claimed its fighters had killed 100 people, but the group's claims are frequently exaggerated.
UPDATED 12:55 p.m.: The Kenyan Red Cross says at least 22 are dead. Police are blaming terrorists. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Nairobi says the embassy does not know if any American were killed. A witness says gunmen told him non-Muslims would be targeted in the attack.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire inside Nairobi's most upscale mall, killing about 10 people and wounding dozens.
Associated Press reporters said Saturday they saw about 10 dead bodies more than two hours after the attack began at the Westgate shopping center. Officials did not give an official death toll.
Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue said this was a terrorist attack and that there are likely no more than 10 terrorists involved, as gunfire continues to be exchanged.
Manish Turohit, 18, says he saw gunmen with AK-47s and vests with hand grenades on them inside the mall. He escaped after hiding in the parking garage for two hours.
A group of people remain in hiding inside the mall.