Up to three American teenager were among the terrorists who attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed confirmed on Monday.
The Americans, aged between 18 and 19, of Somali or Arab origin, lived in Minnesota and one other place in the U.S, she said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour. One Brit was also believed to be involved.
The revelation would support other information posted on Twitter, which suggested the Somali terror cell which carried out the attack was 15-strong and contained many nationalities, including citizens of the United States.
The terrorist group Al Shabab that has claimed responsibility for the attack says its gunmen are still alive and holding hostages in the Nairobi shopping mall they seized four days ago – despite claims from Kenyan authorities that the siege is over.
The al-Qaida-linked organization made the claims after Kenyan government assurances of success in the fourth-day of the stand off.
Al Shabab said the hostages ‘are still alive, looking quite disconcerted but, nevertheless, alive’.
The death toll from the horrific assault stands at 65, with some 120 injured. However, that number could rise significantly. Several reports suggests there are many more dead still inside the mall.
Associated Press correspondent Jason Straziuso in Kenya reported on his twitter feed that the morgue in Nairobi was preparing to receive 60 more bodies.
Conflicting reports also indicate that three Kenyan soldiers may have been killed by the Al Shabab militants – possibly execution-style after being taken hostage themselves.
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