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Terror group: 137 hostages have been killed
NAIROBI, Kenya (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Twitter account confirmed to be run by the terror group behind the Nairobi mall attack claims 137 hostages have been killed.
They say security forces used explosives in carrying out "a demolition" of the building, burying them.
A large plume of smoke rose up from the Westgate Mall earlier Wednesday morning.
The government is denying the terrorist claim, but did say three floors of the building have collapsed after the terrorists started a fire that caused structural weakness.
The president addressed the nation just a short time ago saying five of the hostage takers were dead and 11 others were in custody.
According to officials the civilian death toll remains at 61.