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Gunfire heard in Westgate mall, wounded troops evacuated

22 September 2013, 09:50

Nairobi - Fierce gunfire could be heard coming from inside Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall Sunday, an AFP correspondent at the scene said, adding that two wounded Kenyan soldiers were evacuated from the complex and taken away by ambulance.

Kenyan security forces have been battling to end the siege in the upmarket mall for more than 20 hours, after fighters from Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shebaab group stormed the mall in an attack that killed at least 39 people and wounded 150 more.

A security source confirmed that heavy exchanges of gunfire were taking place.

More ambulances were also arriving at the scene of the stand-off, the AFP correspondent said.


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