Nairobi, Kenya — Kenya mall terrorist attack (UPDATE): Death toll now 59, with 175 injured. About 30 hostages still inside and 10-15 gunmen, according to a CNN report.
Kenyan authorities gave these updated figures Sunday as the standoff continues between Kenyan soldiers and Al-Shabaab terrorists.
Kenyan police and military forces have surrounded the mall, but the gunmen are holding hostages and still control certain sections of the mall.
The al Qaeda-affiliated group launched the attack Saturday on the busy upscale Nairobi shopping mall with grenades and assault rifles , spraying bullets and taking shoppers hostage.
The Al-Shabaab gunmen remained defiant, saying they would not back down nor negotiate with Kenyan authorities.
Manoah Esipisu, a government spokesman, said, “We want to do everything possible, and the security people are doing everything possible to make sure we lose no more lives.”
By midday Sunday, at least 1,000 people had been freed from the mall, said Esipisu. “Our priority is now those that remain inside.”
There have been reports of a white woman among the hostage-takers, and Kenyan intelligence is looking into the reports.
The Al-Shabaab terrorist group is based in Somalia, and apparently launched the Nairobi mall attack in response to Kenyan forces launching attacks against them in Somalia. Image/Reuters