Mall Siege in Kenya Officially Over

    A Kenyan police officer mans on September 23, 2013 the entrance of a building in the vicinity of the beseiged Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi from where a column of smoke rises following a loud explosion. Kenyan security forces were locked in a fierce, final battle with Somali Islamist gunmen inside the upmarket mall on September 23 as huge explosions and a barrage of heavy gunfire echoed out of the complex. A thick cloud of black smoke billowed out from the Westgate mall as Kenyan officials said the 50-hour-long siege --  which has seen the gunmen massacre at least 62 people and take dozens more hostage -- was close to being resolved.  Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents have claimed the attack, which began midday on September 21, when the gunmen marched into the complex, firing grenades and automatic weapons and sending panicked shoppers fleeing.                        AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA        (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    After a three-day siege that left more than 70 people dead, the terrorist attack on a Nairobi mall is over. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that security forces have taken control of all three floors of the mall, killing five of the al Qaeda–linked attackers and taking 11 into custody. There have been reports that some of the attackers are Americans and one is a British woman, but they haven’t been confirmed. Kenyatta said several floors collapsed during the assault, and three bodies remain in the rubble. “Fellow Kenyans, we have been badly hurt and feel great pain and loss, but we have been brave, united, and strong,” Kenyatta said. “Kenya has stared down great evil and triumphed.”

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