Sat 21 Sep, 2013 01:55 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya -- An upscale mall popular with the Kenyan elite and the foreign diplomats and businesspeople who call Nairobi home turned into a war zone on Saturday, as gunmen opened fire on shoppers in an apparent terrorist attack, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens more.
At nightfall, the mall remained sealed off to the public as police officers and soldiers searched floor by floor for the gunmen, who were still believed to be inside with hostages.
Tweet from AP reporter:
NOW: Very heavy gunfire at kenya shopping mall. Perhaps final assault on gunmen. Must keep hostages in mind.
The guy in the white plaid shirt is an off-duty police officer. I have no idea of the fate of the little girl's parents.
I presume this twitter account is legit:
Disaster OpCentre KE
The Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre manages and coordinates disaster response at a national level.
Hostage numbers still unknown, but they are in several locations. No communication as yet. Upper levels have been secured.
The gunmen have been contained in one location, but there are hostages elsewhere in the vicinity who cannot access the exit.
Hostages in multiple locations that are not yet secured. Gunmen in one location.
Gunmen contained. Hostages are in several unsecured locations. KDF and special forces securing the building.
As at 0600hrs, KDF & Special Forces have control of #Westgate 1st and 2nd floors. Parts of the ground floor and basement remain unsecured.