Some hostages rescued after loud blast
23 September 2013, 14:47
Nairobi - Security forces have freed some but not all of the hostages in the Westgate shopping mall siege, Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo said Monday, shortly after a series of loud blasts.
Through his Twitter account, Kimaiyo said "Thumbs up to our multi-agency team, we have just managed to rescue some hostages. We're increasingly gaining advantage of the attackers."
The announcement came as the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, held a security briefing saying that the fire at the Nakumatt Supermarket at the mall was perpertrated by the attackers to distract the security efforts to end the siege that is on its third day.
Ole Lenku went on to add that some of the attackers are dressed as ladies to distract the security forces. Two attackers were killed in skirmishes with Kenyan forces on Monday morning.
The Cabinet Secretary however admitted that they were still unable to confirm the number of attackers and stressed the need for citizens to desist from sending wrong information to the police as it is hampering their efforts.
He also called on members of the public to desist from speculation on online media.
Ole Lenku stressed that his team are in control of the situation and that the building has been cordoned off.