As hard as it is to believe, things still are up in the air as to the status of the Nairobi, Kenya Westgate mall attack.
Kenyan officials are in “control” of the mall, but not all of the attackers or potential victims are accounted for.
Via Hot Air, this operation reportedly was meticulously planned, with the terrorists having rented a store in the mall for months.
Kenya still is searching for clues on how this was pulled off, with the help of foreign intelligence agencies.
Kenya has begun a forensic investigation into the weekend attack on a Nairobi shopping mall with the help of the United States, Israel, Britain and others, the interior minister told a news briefing on Wednesday.
“We have moved to the next phase,” Joseph ole Lenku said, adding agencies from Germany and Canada as well as the police agency Interpol were also assisting. He said he did not expect the death toll, now at 72, including five gunmen, to rise significantly and only expected to find more bodies of slain assailants.
The country is marking the first of three days of mourning, with flags flown at half-mast. Somber, religious and nationalist music was being played on television stations to a backdrop of scenes of rescue from the attack.
Lenku confirmed five Al-Qaida-linked gunmen were killed in a shoot-out with security officers, while 10 people are being held for questioning, though it was unclear where they were arrested.
In all, 61 civilians and six members of the security forces died during the four-day siege by Somali Islamist militia Al-Shabab at the Nairobi mall, while more than 175 were injured, including 62 who remain in hospital.
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