Kenyan president: Siege of Nairobi mall over, losses ‘immense’

An officer walks towards the edge of a security perimeter near the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. (Reuters)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that the siege of a Nairobi shopping mall was over and that the militants who held out there for four days were defeated, but the losses were “immense” as 67 people had died.

“Our losses are immense,” he said. “We have been badly hurt, but we have been brave, united and strong. Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed. We have defeated our enemies and showed the whole world what we can accomplish.”

Kenyatta said 11 militants were in custody and that the identification would not be immediately disclosed. Kenyatta said that “forensic investigations are under way to establish the nationalities of all those involved.”

He called three days of national mourning.

A group of attackers marched into the four-storey Westgate Mall at midday Saturday, spraying shoppers with automatic weapons fire and tossing grenades.

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabab said it carried out the attack.

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