Loud explosions, gunfire heard at Nairobi mall
NAIROBI (AFP) - Three loud explosions were heard on Monday at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, where Kenyan security forces are battling to end a 43-hour-long stand-off with Somali Islamist gunmen, AFP correspondents at the scene said.
The explosions followed a sustained outbreak of gunfire that lasted around 15 minutes, the witnesses said.
A Kenyan security source said an assault against Al Qaeda-linked Somali gunmen inside the complex was underway.
The AFP correspondent said he heard about 15 minutes of fierce gunfire which then subsided. An AFP photographer at the scene said troops posted around the mall ducked for cover.