Kenyan President: Terrorists Defeated

12:13 PM, Sep 24, 2013   |    comments
A photo taken on September 24, 2013 shows bullet holes around a window of the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Kenyan forces were defusing on September 24 explosive devices set up by Islamist militants inside the still ongoing shopping mall siege, where extremists claim to be still holding hostages since September 21. Sporadic gunfire at the upmarket mall broke out again at dawn, hours after officials claimed Kenyan troops had wrested back 'control' of the sprawling complex from Somalia's Shebab insurg
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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says security forces have finally defeated a small group of terrorists after four days in fighting at a Nairobi mall.

In a televised address to the nation Tuesday, Kenyatta said "we have ashamed and defeated our attackers."

He said the attack had left 240 casualties, including 61 dead civilians and six of his security forces. He said five terrorists were killed and another 11 suspects have been taken into custody.

The president says three floors of the Westgate mall collapsed and that there are "several bodies still trapped in the rubble including the terrorists."

He declared three days of national mourning.

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