Kenya mall seige: Israeli forces enter mall, says security source
NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan troops backed by Israeli forces battled Sunday to end a siege in an upmarket shopping mall and free hostages held by Somali militants in an attack that has so far killed 59 people.
Sporadic gunfire could be heard as Kenyan security officials said they were attempting to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end the 26-hour-long bloodbath at the Westgate mall.
“The Israelis have just entered and they are rescuing the hostages and the injured,” a Kenyan security source told AFP.
The Israeli foreign ministry refused to confirm or deny its forces were involved. “We don’t make a habit of commenting on security cooperation of any kind that there may or may not be,” spokesman Paul Hirschson told AFP.