Al-Shabab: Hostages Still in Mall

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.