Several dead in Kenya mall attack

2013-09-21 13:36
A soldier takes up a position outside an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi after a gun attack. (Jason Straziuso, AP)

A soldier takes up a position outside an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi after a gun attack. (Jason Straziuso, AP)

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Nairobi - At least five people were killed after gunmen burst into a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday and opened fire, witnesses said.

Armed police shouted "get out, get out", and scores of shoppers fled the building. Smoke poured out of one entrance and witnesses said they thought some of the blasts were from grenades.

Others said they saw about five armed assailants storm the Westgate shopping mall and that the incident appeared to be an attack rather than an armed robbery.

"They don't seem like thugs, this is not a robbery incident," said Yukeh Mannasseh who was on the mall's top floor when the shooting started. "It seems like an attack. The guards who saw them said they were shooting indiscriminately."

A Reuters witness saw several people being carried out with minor injuries, apparently from flying debris.

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