Kenya stand-off: Latest updates

Key points

  • A stand-off at the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is now into its second day. All times GMT.
  • Three British nationals are confirmed as being among at least 68 people killed in the attack by Somali militants of al-Shabab on Saturday.
  • At least 175 people were injured in the attack while more than 1,000 were brought out of the shopping centre safely.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron describes the incident as a "despicable attack" of "appalling brutality".
  • A number of hostages and an unknown number of attackers remain trapped inside as security forces try to end the siege.
  • The UK Foreign Office issues a phone number, +44 (0) 20 7008 0000, for British nationals to find out information about friends and relatives.

Live text


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Last updated 23 September 2013


Welcome to our live coverage of the standoff at the Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The centre came under attack on Saturday by Somali militants of al-Shabab resulting in the death of at least 39 people.

Officials say the gunmen have been cornered but that people are trapped in a number of locations. It is not known how many hostages are inside the upmarket centre.

Kenyan security forces are trying to bring an end to the siege.


The BBC's Anne Soy says the night has been relatively quiet with sporadic shooting.


Kenya police @PoliceKE has tweeted

"We urge the public to keep away from West Gate and its environs for their own safety. Kindly HEED this."


Gunfire has been heard inside the Nairobi shopping centre, and two wounded Kenyan troops have been evacuated, a witness has told the AFP news agency.


Afua Hirsch, West Africa Correspondent for the Guardian, has tweeted: "Also just heard tragic news that #Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor among the dead in #Westgate Mall attack #Kenya"


Al-Shabab's Twitter account has been suspended.


For a profile of al-Shabab, read our article here.

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‏@KenyaRedCross has tweeted: "Blood drive for #Westgate casualties currently underway at Kencom Nairobi bus stage."


Westgate casualties being attended to

Casualties of the attack are being treated by Red Cross workers.