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Israeli forces raid Kenya shopping mall to end terrorist siege

By Mason White 5:28 PM September 22, 2013
Soldiers rain Kenya shopping mall 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) Israeli forces have joined efforts in Kenya to end a deadly siege launched by a Somali militia on a Nairobi mall, a security source said on Sunday.

“The Israelis have just entered the premises and are rescuing the hostages and the wounded,” the source said.

At least 59 people have been confirmed dead in the Somali militia attack on a luxury shopping mall in Nairobi, a government minister said on Sunday, while Kenyan troops clashed with gunmen still holding an undetermined number of hostages.

Heavy gunfire was heard. Kenyan security officials said that they were trying to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end the 24 hour bloodbath in the Westgate Mall.

Among the dead were renowned poet and Ghanaian statesman Kofi Awoonor. Al-Qaida inspired al-Shabaab rebels in Somalia said the killing in the Israeli owned property was in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia, where African Union troops are fighting Islamists.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said 59 people died.

“A number of attackers are still in the building, ranging from 10 to 15 armed men,” he said in a statement. “We believe there are some innocent people in the building, that is why the operation is delicate,” he said.