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Kenya mall attack: 59 killed, 30 people still in hostage


Suhasini Haidar,CNN-IBN
Sep 22, 2013 at 11:18pm IST

Nairobi: A day after the Nairobi attack took place, 30 people are still in hostage inside the Nairobi shopping mall where gunmen had killed at least 59 people on Saturday and injured 200 others. The casualties of the mall attack poured into hospitals hour on hour. The Kenyan Police are battling against the terrorists of al-Shabaab group, who carried out the weekend carnage.

The gunmen opened fire on shoppers from inside Westgate, the uptown shopping mall. Two Indians were among the 59 killed. They have been identified as 40-year-old IT professional Sridhar Natarajan and an eight-year-old child Paramshu Jain, the son of an Indian bank manager.

"It is with some sadness that we have to acknowledge that two Indian nationals, including a young man and a boy, unfortunately succumbed to the attacks. Apart from that there are four Indian nationals who are currently in hospital. They are being provided adequate medical attention," said Syed Akbaruddin, Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who's own relatives were amongst the casualties, vowed to bring down the al-Shabaab group, affiliated to al-Qaeda.

"I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy. And I know what you feel having also personally lost very close family members in this attack," Kenyatta said.

However, the gun battle between the Kenyan force and the terrorists is still on. Al-Shabaab has close links with al-Qaeda and the attack on civilians also resembles 26/11 and other brutal terror strikes around the world. The al-Shabaab's Islamist radical leaders have said that they will attack again until Kenyan forces pullout of anti-terror operations in Somalia.

But even on Sunday, gun battles between his forces and the terrorists continued. Al-Shabaab has close links with al-Qaeda, and the attack on civilians resembles 26/11 and other brutal terror strikes around the world. Al-Shabaab's Islamist radical leaders say they will attack again until Kenyan forces pull out of anti-terror operations in Somalia.

Though the ordeal is unending for hundreds of innocent victims who faced their bullets.

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