Kenyan army, elite units reinforce police at mall battle

September 21, 2013 2:37 pm

, WESTGATE-ARMYNAIROBI, Sep 21 – Kenyan troops and elite units have joined police fighting gunmen in Nairobi’s upmarket Westgate shopping mall, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

Troops could be seen moving around and inside the shopping centre, where unidentified gunmen launched an assault with automatic weapons and grenades shortly before midday.

A security source at the scene said Kenyan special forces were involved in operations to secure the mall and evacuate trapped staff shoppers.

Military and police helicopters were also flying overhead.


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