Kenya mall seige: Poet Awoonor, president's family among at least 59 dead
NAIROBI (AFP) - At least 59 people have been confirmed killed in an attack by Somali militants on an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi, a government minister said on Sunday, as Kenyan troops battled gunmen still holding an unknown number of hostages.
Heavy gunfire could be heard as Kenyan security officials said they were attempting to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end the 24-hour-long bloodbath at the Westgate mall.
Among the dead was renowned Ghanaian poet and statesmen Kofi Awoonor. The 78-year-old, who was once his country's representative to the United Nations, was killed while shopping with his son, who was injured in the attack, Ghanaian officials said.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation late on Saturday that he had lost family members in the attack.