Kimaiyo: Kenya forces close in on mall attackers
23 September 2013, 13:25
Nairobi - Kenyan forces have brought more people out overnight from the shopping mall where Alshabaab militants are holding hostages, and troops are "closing in" on the attackers, the police inspector general, David Kimaiyo, said on Monday, the third day of the siege.
He said Kenyan security forces had "rescued more hostages" but made no mention in his Twitter comment about engaging with the militants. Several people in the past two days have emerged after hiding rather than being held at gunpoint.
Officials have said they have isolated the attackers in the mall, and since last night have suggested that the operation was in its final stages.
Shortly before 13:30 on Monday heavy fire could be heard coming from the Westgate Mall, more intense than it has been for most of the siege. Huge clowds of black smoke could also be seen coming from the building while soldiers, police officers and onlookers around the mall could be seen ducking and running for cover.