Al-Shabab: Hostages Still in Mall

    Kenyan Defense Forces leave the near vicinity of  the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists. (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

    Jerome Delay/AP

    Al-Shabab insisted Tuesday that militants are “holding out” inside the besieged Nairobi mall with hostages, while Kenyan TV said six of the hostages have been killed. The al Qaeda–linked group said on its Twitter feed that there are “countless dead bodies” strewn about the Westgate shopping complex and described the militants as “unruffled and strolling around the mall in such sangfroid manner.” A Kenyan military official also confirmed that gunmen are still in the building, and said “we are not sure yet” if there are still hostages. A burst of gunfire broke the early-morning calm while helicopters buzzed over the complex and the government publicly insisted that it is in control of the mall.

    Kenya says six attackers have been killed.

    Terrorist group al-Shabab live tweeted throughout their Kenya mall massacre, despite Twitter efforts to shut down their accounts.

    Read it at Reuters