Kenya’s president said his forces “defeated” Islamists from Somalia’s al Shabaab Tuesday, shooting dead five and capturing 11 others suspected of killing 67 people during a four-day siege at a shopping mall.
“The operation is now over,” Uhuru Kenyatta told Kenyans in a televised address, adding that more bodies, seemingly both gunmen and hostages, remained under rubble after three floors in part of the Westgate centre collapsed late in the mission. “We have ashamed and defeated our attackers,” he said.
Police said those who stormed into restaurants and shops at a busy lunchtime on Saturday, spraying bullets and grenades, were now either dead or in custody.
The Red Cross said earlier yesterday that 63 people were unaccounted for. More than 60 civilians were so far confirmed dead from the first days of violence.