Israeli forces enter Nairobi mall: security source

September 22, 2013 11:27 am

, WESTGATE-EVACUATIONNAIROBI, Sep 22 – Israeli forces on Sunday joined Kenyan efforts to end a deadly siege by Somali militants at a Nairobi shopping mall, a security source told AFP.

“The Israelis have just entered and they are rescuing the hostages and the injured,” the source told AFP on condition he not be named.

The attack on the part Israeli-owned upmarket mall has left at least 59 dead and around 200 wounded, Kenyan officials said.

The intervention came 26 hours after gunmen walked into the complex, tossing grenades and spraying gunfire at shoppers and staff.

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack.


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