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Terrorists in stand-off at mall
Kenyan security forces remain locked in a stand-off with terrorists in a Nairobi shopping centre nearly 24 hours after the gang opened fire in the building, killing at least 39 people.
Attackers, believed to be Islamic extremists, have been holding an unknown number of hostages at the Westgate Mall overnight, after attacking shoppers with guns and grenades, the Kenyan Authorities said.
Two wounded Kenyan security forces officers were carried out of the mall after a barrage of gunfire was heard.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to hunt down and punish the terrorists behind the brutal attack in upmarket Nairobi, in which a further 150 people were injured. In a national televised address he said he had "personally lost family members in the Westgate attack".
Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the outrage at the mall in the affluent Westlands district of the capital, which is popular with expats.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britons had undoubtedly been caught up in the "callous and cowardly and brutal" assault by a heavily-armed gang who singled out non-Muslims.
Mr Hague said "we should be ready for that and aware of that" as he revealed that the Government's emergency response committee Cobra had met and a rapid deployment team was being sent to Kenya to help.
Two Canadians, including one diplomat, and two French women have been confirmed as among the dead. The US State Department also said four American citizens were reported injured.
In his speech, Mr Kenyatta said security forces were in the process of "neutralising the attackers and securing the mall" but he said it was a "delicate" operation.
He urged Kenyans to "remain calm and vigilant" and asked them to donate blood to help treat the injured. And he vowed: "We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to. We shall get to them and we shall punish them for this heinous crime."