Kenya mall seige: Troops corner Somali militants
NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan troops backed by Israeli agents on Sunday cornered Somali militants holding hostages inside a Nairobi shopping mall in a terrifying siege that has left at least 59 people dead.
Sporadic gunfire rang out as Kenyan security officials said they were trying to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end the bloodbath at the upmarket Westgate mall, with the standoff now well into a second day.
"The criminals are now all located in one place within the building... we have as good a chance to successfully neutralise the terrorists as we can hope for," President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a speech to the nation.
President Kenyatta, who called for patience, said he had received "numerous offers of assistance from friendly countries" but that for now it remained a Kenyan operation.