Kenyan president says siege of Nairobi mall is over, declares mourning period for the dead


Sudarsan Raghavan
Washington Post
September 24, 2013

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared Tuesday night that the four-day-long siege of an upscale mall in the capital by Islamist militants has ended with the deaths of five attackers and 11 in custody. He announced three days of mourning for the more than 60 people killed in the attack, a death toll that he said is expected to rise with the recovery of more bodies from the mall.

“As a nation, our head is bloodied but unbowed,” Kenyatta said in a televised address. “We have ashamed and defeated our attackers.”

Kenyatta said that he could not confirm reports by Kenya’s foreign minister that American and British citizens were among the heavily armed jihadists who stormed the Westgate Premier Shopping Mall on Saturday, massacred dozens of people and seized hostages. But he promised a full accounting of what happened, adding that experts are conducting forensic tests to determine the nationalities of the assailants.

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