Kenyan president announces end to mall bloodbath
NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Tuesday that a four-day siege by Islamist gunmen of a Nairobi shopping mall was over, with the "immense" loss of 61 civilians and six members of the security forces.
"We have ashamed and defeated our attackers, that part of our task is completed," a sombre Kenyatta, who himself lost family members in the assault, said in a televised address to the nation.
The president said "three floors of the mall collapsed, trapping several bodies within the rubble including those of terrorists." Police said the current death toll was provisional, while the Kenyan Red Cross said 63 people were still listed as missing.
"Our losses are immense," the president said, announcing three days of national mourning.