Nairobi Massacre mall ablaze after Islamic terrorists ‘blew themselves up’ — Death Toll Now 69 — At least 175 were injured, including children

The Westgate Shopping Centre is on fire and a fierce gun battle is underway as Kenyan special forces try to end the three day siege that has killed at least 69 people

The Westgate Shopping Centre is on fire and a fierce gun  battle is underway as Kenyan special forces try to end the three day siege that  has killed at least 69 people

  • Westgate Shopping Centre on fire amid  fears that terrorists have carried out suicide bomb attack
  • Architect Ross Langdon, who had dual  Australian and British nationality, is confirmed among the dead
  • His Harvard-educated girlfriend  Elif Yavuz was also killed. She  was two weeks away from giving birth
  • Foreign Office confirmed on Monday that  four Britons have been killed in the atrocity
  • Kenyan government says two militants have  died in battle to retake the building
  • Claims that five of the attackers are  American and two are British
  • Kenyan military official says terrorists  are a ‘multinational collection from all over the world’
  • Al Shabaab militants today said they  would kill the remaining hostages inside the Westgate Shopping Centre 
  • Kenyan official reveals he suspects the  involvement of fugitive 7/7 ‘white widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite
  • Men, women and children slaughtered if  they could not recite Koran or name Prophet Mohammed’s mother
  • Terrorists told French citizen ‘they want  to kill Kenyans and Americans’

By  Becky Evans and Paul Bentley

The Daily Mail

Kenyan special forces were today locked in a  fight to the death with Islamic terrorists who have been barricaded inside a  Nairobi mall with up to 40 hostages since Saturday.

Witnesses described hearing four large  explosions at the Westgate Shopping Centre followed by fierce gun fire after the  military tried to break the three day siege by gaining access from the  roof.

It is feared that some of the gunmen inside  may have blown themselves up, though a Kenyan government minister said that  militants had set fire to some mattresses in a supermarket as a  decoy.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said that  two of the terrorists had been killed and that most hostages were now free. All  of the militants were men, he added, although some were dressed as  women.

So far, 69 people have been confirmed dead  including four Britons. At least 175 were injured, including children.

Witnesses have reported hearing rapid gun fire at the shopping mall and Kenyan soldiers have been seen moving towards Westgate Witnesses have reported hearing rapid gun fire at the  shopping mall and Kenyan soldiers have been seen moving towards Westgate

A paramedic runs for cover outside the mall in Nairobi after a large explosion was followed by sustained shooting A paramedic runs for cover outside the mall in Nairobi  after a large explosion was followed by sustained shooting

 

 

Thick clouds of dense black smoke billowed  from the complex after a series of loud explosions and heavy gunfire.

The area around the mall was teeming with  Kenyan soldiers and  armoured personnel carriers, as emergency workers and  reporters were  told to take cover.

A top military official said he believes the  attackers are ‘a multinational collection from all over the world.’

Kenya Chief of Defence forces General Julius  Karangi said fighters from an array of nations participated in the attack  claimed by Al Shabaab, a Somali  group allies with al-Qaida.

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‘We have an idea who this people are and they  are clearly a multinational collection from all over the world,’ he said.

‘We have an idea who they are, their  nationality and even the number.  We are fighting  global terrorism here  and we have sufficient intel (intelligence) to  suggest that.’

A Twitter account claiming to represent Al  Shabaab yesterday claimed that terrorists from seven nations are involved in the  attack, including the U.S., Britain and Canada.

The HSM Press Office account, which  has been  suspended twice, claimed the group were Ahmed Nasir Shirdoon, 24, from London,  UK; Gen Mustafe Noorduiin, 27, from Kansas City, U.S., Abdifatah Osman  Keenadiid, 24, from Minneapolis, U.S., and Ahmed Mohamad Isse, 22, from Saint  Paul, U.S; Ismael Guled, 23, from Finland; Abdirizak Mouled, 24, from Ontario,  Canada; and Zaki Jama Caraale, 20, and Sayid Nuh, 25, both from Somalia.

Police chief  David Kimaiyo said today that  some hostages have been freed. However, a group  claiming to represent the Al  Shabaab terrorists said they are still  fighting inside the  building.

In a message on Twitter Mr Kimaiyo wrote:  ‘Thumbs up  to our multi-agency team, we  have just managed to rescue some hostages. We’re increasingly gaining advantage  of the attackers.’

The HSM Press Office account, which  has been  suspended twice and claims to have contact with the terrorists  inside, wrote  today: ‘They’ve obtained large amounts of  ammunition and are, by the blessings of Allah alone, still firm and still  dominating the show #Westgate.’

The area around the mall was teeming with Kenyan soldiers and armoured personnel carriersThe area around the mall was teeming with Kenyan  soldiers and armoured personnel carriers, as emergency workers and reporters  were told to take cover

 

police chief David Kimaiyo said in a message on Twitter on the third day of the standoff.Kenyan police said they have rescued some hostages after  storming the mall and said they are ‘increasingly gaining advantage [over] the  attackers’

 

 

Ross Langdon, 33, was killed alongside his heavily pregnant Dutch partner Elif YavuzRoss Langdon, 33, was killed alongside his heavily  pregnant Dutch partner Elif Yavuz

 

In other messages posted today, the group  said the Westgate atrocity was  ‘borne out of injustice’ and Kenyan security  forces will be  ‘exterminated’ if they try to enter the mall through the roof. 

 

A Kenyan special forces officer said troops  had moved in to end the siege with force.

‘I saw them only once, I could not see them  much,” he said. ‘It was  hide-and-seek, hide-and-seek, hide-and-seek. In the end  we had to use  full force, we had to finish with these guys.’

This morning it emerged that a British man  had lost his wife and daughter in the massacre while a prize winning architect,  who had joint British and Australian nationality was also among the dead.

The Foreign Office confirmed  today that four Britons have now been killed in the atrocity.

Ross Langdon, 33,  was killed alongside  his heavily pregnant Dutch partner Elif  Yavuz. The malaria specialist was just two weeks away from giving  birth.

Kenyan troops have moved in to end the siege  but spokesman for terror group Al Shabaab Ali Mohamud Rage said in a statement posted on an  Islamist website that  those held inside will ‘bear the brunt of any force’ used  by soldiers  against the militants.

The statement read: ‘We authorise the  mujahedeen inside the building to take actions against the prisoners as  much  as they are pressed.

‘We are telling Christians advancing onto the  mujahedeen to have mercy for  their prisoners who will bear the brunt of any  force directed against  the mujahedeen.’

The  Al-Qaeda linked group claimed to be in  contact with the fighters inside  the mall and said the gunmen were battling  both Kenyan and Israeli  forces.

As the  stand-off entered its third day,  sustained bursts of rapid gunfire  erupted at dawn and lasted 15 minutes, and  soldiers posted around the  complex ducked for cover.

This was followed by three big explosions,  AFP correspondents at the scene said.

The Shebab have not said how many people were  being held by the dozen-or-so attackers, who marched into the  Israeli-owned four-storey complex at midday Saturday, spraying shoppers with machine  gunfire and tossing grenades.

One security officer said within half-an-hour  of the attack the mall had been turned into ‘an abattoir’ as gunmen wearing  Islamic scarves but Western clothes went on the rampage.

At least 69 people have been killed so far –  including three Britons – and 175 people have been left injured.

Those caught up in the atrocity come from 13  different countries including the U.S., France, Ghana, New Zealand and Holland.

Today, tributes began to pour in to Mr  Langdon, 33, who was the founding director of the architecture firm Regional  Associates, and his partner on social media sites.

Sydney architect Marcus Trimble wrote:  ‘Horrible news that Ross Langdon and his wife were killed in the Nairobi  attacks.

Designer Liane Rossler said the couple were  ‘very special souls’.

Militants inside Westgate Shopping Centre have threatened to kill the remaining hostages as Kenyan security personnel try to end the siege (pictured) Militants inside Westgate Shopping Centre have  threatened to kill the remaining hostages as Kenyan security personnel try to  end the siege (pictured)

 

 

Kenya Security personnel take cover outside the Westgate Mall.

Kenya Security personnel take cover outside the Westgate  Mall. Islamist terror group Al Shabaab claimed it carried out the atrocity in  which three Britons were killed and 175 people were left injured

Kenyan military said last night that 'most' of the hostages have been freed but a spokesman admitted today that the situation is still not clearKenyan military said last night that ‘most’ of the  hostages have been freed but a spokesman admitted today that the situation is  still not clear

 

Militants inside the shopping centre said hostages would 'bear the brunt' of any action by the Kenyan military Militants inside the shopping centre said hostages would  ‘bear the brunt’ of any action by the Kenyan military

 

 

 

 

Terror link: Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, originally from Buckinghamshire, was described as a 'brave lady' by Islamist terror group Al ShabaabTerror link: Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, originally from  Buckinghamshire, was described as a ‘brave lady’ by Islamist terror group Al  Shabaab

 

Australian media said Mr Langdon grew up in  Tasmania and worked around the world, including in Uganda and Rwanda.

In 2010, Mr Langdon received the University  of Sydney’s Young Alumni Award in recognition of his pursuit of excellence in  the field of  architecture on projects located across Australia, Europe and  Africa.

Mr Langdon had been involved with a number of  projects across Africa, which included designing an HIV-Aids hospital in Kenya  free of charge.

He could be seen photographed with Ugandan  president, Yoweri Museveni, in a picture posted on his Facebook profile earlier  this year.

Harvard graduate Ms Yavuz was  eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of her death.

The malaria specialist was working in Kenya  for the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation run by the billionaire Microsoft  founder.

On her Facebook profile she was photographer  shaking hands with former US President Bill Clinton during a visit to a Gates  Foundation project last month.

Born in Holland, Ms Yavuz had lived in  Cambridge, Massachusetts, while studying at the reknowned Harvard University.

The three other Britons killed in the  atrocity have yet to be named.

One man, who did not want to be named, told  the Daily Telegraph that his  wife and children had been murdered and he has  seen photographs of their bodies, which were taken by soldiers and paramedics  inside the  building.

It is believed that one of the leaders of the  attack is the white English widow of a 7/7 bomber.

Al Shabaab said on Twitter last night that  Samantha Lewthwaite, the ‘white widow’ of London bomber Jermaine Lindsay, was  ‘in their ranks’ and a  ‘brave lady’.

Soldiers  said a white woman wearing a veil  was shouting orders to gunmen in  Arabic during the bloody massacre inside the  Westgate shopping mall in  Nairobi.

The Foreign Office is investigating  the  claims about Lewthwaite, who is wanted by  Kenyan police over links to a suspected terrorist cell planning bomb  attacks.

‘WE ONLY WANT TO KILL KENYANS AND AMERICANS': EXTRAORDINARY  ESCAPE OF FRENCH FAMILY

A French woman said she was freed by the  Islamic terrorists because they told her they only wanted to kill Kenyans and  Americans.

The woman, who only gave her name as Pauline,  said she escaped with her two young children, who were given Mars bars by the  gunmen.

Pauline said she was asked for forgiveness by  the terrorists who told her ‘we are not monsters’.

The mother of two, who was in the supermarket  when the attack began, said once she agreed Muslims were not ‘bad people’ they  gave her children, Emily, 6, and Eliot, 4, chocolate.

She told The Independent: ‘He said we only  only want to kill Kenyans and Americans. He then told me I had to change my  religion to Islam and said “do you forgive us? do you forgive us?’

She said she was able to escape with another  two children, including a wounded 12-year-old boy whose mother had been  murdered.

Terrified children wait by the body of a man after escaping from the shopping centre. Militants have today threatened to kill the remaining hostages

Terrified children wait by the body of a man after  escaping from the shopping centre. Militants have today threatened to kill the  remaining hostages

Fleeing: A child runs to safety across the shopping mall following the deadly attack in Nairobi, Kenya

Fleeing: A child runs to safety across the shopping mall  following the deadly attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Three Britons have been killed in  the attack

Terror: Armed police guide a woman carrying a child to safety at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi

Terror: Armed police guide a woman carrying a child to  safety at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi

Desperation: A crowd of people hold their arms out to catch a Kenyan woman as she jumps out from the air vent where she had been hiding from the gunmen
Westgate Shopping Centre

Desperation: A crowd of people hold their arms out to  catch a Kenyan woman as she jumps out from the air vent where she had been  hiding from the gunmen

 

Moving quickly: An image grab taken from AFP TV shows civilians taking cover following an attack by masked gunmen in a shopping mall in NairobiMoving quickly: An image grab taken from AFP TV shows  civilians taking cover following an attack by masked gunmen in a shopping mall  in Nairobi

Today, David Cameron said he is returning to  Downing Street to oversee the response to the terror attack.

 

The Prime Minister, who has warned the  country to be braced for ‘more bad  news’, is cutting short a Balmoral visit to  chair a Cobra emergency  committee meeting this afternoon.

The Foreign Office confirmed four Britons had  died after Defence Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting of  the Cobra  emergency committee in Whitehall.

A person with knowledge of the rescue  operation told AP that no hostages  had been released or rescued overnight. The  person insisted on anonymity in order to talk about the rescue  response.

The attacks have a chilling similarity to  those in Mumbai in 2008 where terrorist besieged hotels, community centres and  streets in 12 co-ordinated attacks, leaving more than 170 dead.

69 DEAD AND 175  INJURED FROM 13 NATIONS: DETAILS OF  KENYA TERRORIST ATTACK VICTIMS BEGIN TO EMERGE

Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges was among the 68 people known to have died in the attack. Her husband Robert Munk was injured Canadian diplomat Annemarie Desloges was among the 68  people known to have died in the attack. Her husband Robert Munk was injured

KENYA  President  Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew and nephew’s fiancee were killed

GHANA  Kofi  Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and  the United Nations, died after being wounded in the attack, Ghana’s presidential  office confirmed.

Ghana’s ministry of information said  Awoonor’s son was injured and is responding to treatment.

CANADA Two  Canadians, including a diplomat, died in the attack, according to Prime Minister  Stephen Harper.

He paid tribute to the victims and noted the  loss of diplomat Annemarie Desloges, who served in Canada’s High Commission to  Kenya as a liaison officer with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Her spouse Robert Munk was wounded in the  attack, but has since been released from the hospital, the Canadian Press  reported.

INDIA  Two  Indians, 8-year-old Parmashu Jain and 40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan, were  killed, and four others were wounded in the attack.

BRITAIN The  Foreign Office have confirmed that four UK nationals have been killed in the  attack.

Prize-winning architect Ross Langdon, who had  dual British and Australian citizenship, is believed to be one of the dead.

A British man, who refused to give his name,  said his wife and daughter were both killed in the atrocity.

The Foreign Office warned the number of  British dead is ‘likely to rise as further information becomes  available.’

FRANCE  Two  French women were killed, President Francois Hollande said.

SOUTH AFRICA One  South African citizen was killed, according to the country’s International  Relations Department.

THE NETHERLANDS  A 33-year-old Dutch woman died in the attack, believed  to be Elif Yavuz, the heavily pregnant  partner of British architect Mr Langdon.

Seven other Dutch citizens who were in the  mall escaped unharmed, Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.

CHINA 

A 38-year-old Chinese woman with the surname  Zhou who worked in the real estate industry was killed in the attack, China’s  official Xinhua News Agency reported. Her son was injured in the attack and was  in stable condition in a hospital, according to the Chinese Embassy in  Kenya.

PERU A  retired staff member of UNICEF from Peru was killed, the agency’s regional  office for Eastern and Southern Africa said.

U.S. Five  American citizens were injured, U.S. officials said.

NEW ZEALAND  Andrew  McLaren, 34, a New Zealander who managed a factory in Kenya for the avocado oil  company Olivado, was wounded in the attack, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign  Affairs confirmed. He was hospitalised in stable condition.

 

 

Tense: Kenyan paramilitary officers walk towards a small shopping arcade adjacent to the Westgate shopping mall where the hostage situation continuesTense: Kenyan paramilitary officers walk towards a small  shopping arcade adjacent to the Westgate shopping mall where the fate of the  hostages remained unclear on Monday morning

 

Tense: Soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces walk out of the mall, following the sound of explosions and gunfireTense: Soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces walk out  of the mall, following the sound of explosions and gunfire

Injured people cry for help after gunmen went on a shooting spree in the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi
A woman holds a baby sitting with other injured people who are crying for help after gunmen went on a shooting spree in the Westgate shopping centre

Distressing: A woman holds a baby sitting with other  injured people who are crying for help after gunmen went on a shooting spree in  the Westgate shopping centre

Shock: A soldier directs people up stairs inside the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi, Kenya. Gunmen had fired automatic weapons and grenades

Shock: A soldier directs people up stairs inside the  Westgate shopping mall. Some fled and sought refuge in shops, bank vaults and  store rooms as grenades exploded and bullets fired around  them

The UK has  offered Kenya assistance,  including intelligence co-operation, in  response to the attack by Islamic  extremists in the upmarket shopping  centre.

A military spokesman admitted this morning  that the situation  is still unclear.

‘We are yet to get confirmation from what’s  happening in the building,’ Col. Cyrus  Oguna, a Kenyan military  spokesman.

The Kenyan military launched a large military  assault on the  mall shortly before sundown on Sunday, with one helicopter  skimming very close to the roof of the shopping complex as a loud explosion rang  out, far larger than any previous grenade blast or gunfire volley.

With horrific cruelty, militants have  reportedly cut the hands off the bodies of  their victims and burned their faces  to try to conceal their identities.

The massacre began on Saturday shortly before  midday local time. Witnesses  told how terrorists, their faces hidden with  Islamic scarves, stormed  the shopping mall and started tossing grenades and  spraying shoppers  with AK-47s.

The gunmen  ordered all Muslims to leave  before carrying out rudimentary tests to  see if hostages could recite the Koran  and name the mother of the  Prophet Mohammed.

As soldiers began working their way through  the shopping centre yesterday  they discovered that piles of bodies had been  pushed against doors to  slow their progress.

Reports on where the terrorists are holed up  differ, with some reports  suggesting they have barricaded themselves and dozens  of hostages in a  toilet block on the ground floor.

Stories from survivors of the carnage from  inside the building have begun to emerge.

Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi

Hunting down the terrorists: Soldiers from the Kenya  Defence Forces arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi

Help: Relatives and friends of victims line up to donate blood in Nairobi, following the overwhelming numbers of casualties from the Westgate mall shootingHelp: Relatives and friends of victims line up to donate  blood in Nairobi, following the overwhelming numbers of casualties from the  Westgate mall shooting

Witness describes close encounter with Nairobi  mall gunmen

 

Siege: People look at the Westgate shopping mall in the distance where hostages are being held for the second day Siege: People look at the Westgate shopping mall in the  distance where hostages are being held for the second day

Escape: This family, who had been trapped inside the shopping centre, support each other as they escape from the sceneEscape: This family, who had been trapped inside the  shopping centre, support each other as they escape from the scene

A French woman, known only as Pauline, said  the terrorists told her they only wanted to kill Kenyans and Americans.

Late on Sunday, Kenya’s National Disaster  Operation Centre said on Twitter  that ‘this will end tonight. Our forces will  prevail.’

As well as  boasting Lewthwaite was with  them, Al Shabaab claimed two British men  from London, Liban Adam, 23, and Ahmed  Nasir Shirdoon, 24, were among  the ‘holy warriors’ in the attack.

The group is said to be highly organised,  with huge amounts of ammunition  as well as night vision equipment. They have  destroyed CCTV cameras  inside the shopping mall, meaning they cannot be  watched.

Security forces, receiving advice from  Western and Israeli experts said they had secured the bulk of the complex by  Sunday, freeing many people who had  hidden in terror.

In Somalia, Kenya’s northern neighbour devastated by two decades of civil war, a spokesman for al Shabaab said President Uhuru Kenyatta must pull out Kenyan troops, who have pushed  the  militants on to the defensive over the past two years as part of an  African  Union-backed peacekeeping mission. Kenyatta refused.

The president, who lost a nephew in Saturday’s killing, vowed to hold firm in the ‘war  on terror’ in  Somalia and said, cautiously, that Kenyan forces could end the  siege.

‘I assure Kenyans that we have as good a  chance to successfully neutralise the terrorists as we can hope for,’ he said.  ‘We will punish the  masterminds swiftly and painfully.’

 

 

 

 

 

Horror: Shoppers hurry down an escalator with their hands in the air as they make their way out of the shopping centre to safetyHorror: Shoppers hurry down an escalator with their  hands in the air as they make their way out of the shopping centre to  safety

Killings: At least 59 people are believed to be dead, although police have not confirmed a death tollKillings: The fate of the hostages remained unclear this  morning despite earlier statements from police saying most of those held had  been rescued

Desperation: An injured woman, whose face and clothes are drenched in blood, lies on the ground outside the shopping mall screaming for helpDesperation: An injured woman, whose face and clothes  are drenched in blood, lies on the ground outside the shopping mall screaming  for help

 

Footage shows shoppers fleeing attack inside  Nairobi mall

 

 

 

Escape: Women carrying children run for safety after al Shabaab terrorists stormed Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya armed with guns and grenades Escape: Women carrying children run for safety after al  Shabaab terrorists stormed Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya armed with  guns and grenades

Late on Sunday, Oguna said that many of the  rescued hostages – who he said  were mostly adults – were suffering from  dehydration.

Terrified shoppers fled and hid in  storerooms, restaurants and a cinema, with the wounded being carried out in  shopping trolleys.

Shoppers who were able to prove they were  Muslim were among the 1,000 who  escaped unharmed, while those who failed were  shot for being ‘kafir’, a  derogatory term for non-Muslims. One man, who hid in  a box of cartons,  said: ‘If they had found me… I’m white and so I’m dead.  They hate your skin colour.’

Those killed so far vary in age from two to  78.

A spokesman for Al Shabaab, the East African  arm of Al-Qaeda, said all  Britons in Kenya are ‘legitimate’ targets because the  UK has supported  the African country’s military intervention in neighbouring  Somalia.

The Twitter account purporting to belong to  the terrorist organisation also said ‘there would be no negotiations  whatsoever’.

The siege of the Israeli-owned mall bears all  the hallmarks of  Muslim-convert Lewthwaite, 29, who is on the run in East  Africa after  Kenyan police foiled her plot to blow up a  shopping centre  and two  hotels in Mombasa two years ago.

 

Spree: Shots are still being heard in the mall as police and terrorists engage in a stand-offSpree: Shots are still being heard in the mall as police  and terrorists engage in a stand-off

Hands up: Hostages of all nationalities head for the exit with their arms raised to show they are not carrying any weapons

Hands up: Hostages of all nationalities head for the  exit with their arms raised to show they are not carrying any weapons

 

Hague condemns ‘callous and cowardly’ terrorist  attack in Kenya

 

 

Hundreds of Kenyans donate blood for Nairobi  victims

ScrambleScramble: People crawl on their stomachs to safety as security forces keep a lookout at the Nairobi mall on Saturday : People rush for safety away from gunfire between police and armed attackers

Scramble: People crawl on their stomachs to safety as  security forces keep a lookout at the Nairobi mall on Saturday

The Home Counties mother-of-four is now one  of the main financiers and  bomb-making tutors for Al Shabaab.

A senior Kenyan terrorist official  said last  night: ‘I suspect this woman is behind this attack because she has been  financing the activities of the Al-Qaeda cell in Mombasa.’

Last night British, US and Israeli security  forces joined their Kenyan counterparts to try to regain control of the mall.

There were unconfirmed reports that some  hostages had been executed after  attempts by the military to launch an assault  on the roof.

Judges at the International Criminal Court  adjourned the trial of  Kenyan Vice President William Ruto today for a week to  allow him to  return home to deal with the hostage crisis.

Ruto and Kenyan  president, Uhuru Kenyatta,  face charges of crimes against humanity in  relation to their role in  coordinating a wave of violence that swept  Kenya in the aftermath of the  country’s contested 2007 elections.

The court’s unusually swift decision was  taken during an emergency session  after prosecutors said they had no objection  to a short delay in  proceedings, and a representative for the witnesses broke  down in tears  in the courtroom, saying Ruto should be allowed to attend to the  urgent  matter.

Wounded: A Kenyan policeman sits clutching his stomach alongside his rifle while a colleague exchanges fire with the terroristsWounded: A Kenyan policeman sits clutching his stomach  alongside his rifle while a colleague exchanges fire with the  terrorists

 

 

 

Scared: Clearly distressed, this family join hands as they make their way out of the building. Bullet wounds can be seen in the glass behind themScared: Clearly distressed, this family join hands as  they make their way out of the building. Bullet wounds can be seen in the glass  behind them

 

Cat and mouse: A security officer points out the location of where some of the terrorists may be hiding to his colleagues, all three of whom have their pistols at the readyCat and mouse: A security officer points out the  location of where some of the terrorists may be hiding to his colleagues, all  three of whom have their pistols at the ready

 

Protection: A mother and her children lie on the floor as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the rampageProtection: A mother and her children lie on the floor  as they attempt to hide while the gunmen armed with automatic weapons go on the  rampage

 

Terrified: A young in tears is led away form the terror by a police officer Terrified: A young girl in tears is led away form the  terror by a police officer

Witnesses recount Nairobi massacre

Children: A soldier carries one of the survivors to safety as armed police hunt for the gunmenChildren: A soldier carries one of the survivors to  safety as armed police hunt for the gunmen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rescue: A policeman carries a baby to safety on the barrel of his gun while a woman ducks for safety behind himRescue: A policeman carries a baby to safety on the  barrel of his gun while a woman ducks for safety behind him

 

 

 

 

Rescue: A woman is shipped to an ambulance in a shopping trolley by centre staffRescue: A woman is shipped to an ambulance in a shopping  trolley by centre staff

 

 

 

Family mall: Customers who had planned a Saturday of shopping were forced to run following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the policeFamily mall: Customers who had planned a Saturday of  shopping were forced to run following a shootout between unidentified armed men  and the police

 

 

 

Relatives of Kenyan president among dead in  shopping mall attack

 

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