Kenya stand-off: As it happened

Key points

  • Kenyan security forces say they are in the final stages of ending the siege at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi
  • The Somali Islamist al-Shabab movement has said it carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenyan military operations in Somalia
  • At least 62 people have been killed since the assault began on Saturday
  • Kenya's interior minister said all floors in the complex were under control and it was unlikely any hostages remained inside
  • At least 175 people have been injured in the attack, and more than 1,000 brought out safely, including some on Monday, authorities say
  • All times GMT

Live text

Reporting:

  • Barry Neild 
  • Claudia Allen 
  • Sherie Ryder 
  • Yaroslav Lukov 
  • Alexandra Fouché 
  • Jastinder Khera 
  • Amee Enriquez 
  • Victoria King 

Last updated 24 September 2013

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Welcome to our live coverage of the ongoing siege at the Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. There have been reports of heavy gunfire in the early hours.

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At least 68 people have been killed at the shopping centre since the assault by suspected militants from the Somali al-Shabab Islamist group began their assault.

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Witnesses have reported heavy and sustained gunfire, and explosions from inside the mall.

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Kenya's military spokesman, Col Cyrus Oguna, did not comment when asked about the gunfire, Reuters news agency reports.

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Rizwan Ibrahim, Nairobi

tweets: International press not too far away from #westgate and giving live updates via social media about their surroundings. Things are tense

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Al-Shabab means The Youth in Arabic. The group emerged as the radical youth wing of Somalia's now-defunct Union of Islamic Courts in 2006, as it fought Ethiopian forces who had entered Somalia to back the weak interim government. Read more about them in our Q&A.

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A witness interviewed by Reuters news agency said the gunfire was followed by a gap before small explosions.

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People from 10 different countries are known to be among the victims at the Westgate shopping centre.

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The Associated Press news agency also reports on sustained gunfire on Monday at the mall. It said that "at least one gunman was still free and that the standoff continued".

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Kenyan officials have said that more than 175 people have been injured, including children, since the stand-off began.