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Sep 24, 2013

Kenya mall siege ‘over’ but death toll unclear

NAIROBI, Sept 25 (Reuters) – As Kenya began three days of
mourning on Wednesday for at least 67 people killed in the siege
of a Nairobi mall, it was unclear how many more hostages may
have died with the Somali Islamist attackers buried in the
rubble.

Declaring final victory over the al Qaeda-linked gunmen from
al Shabaab who stormed the Westgate shopping centre on Saturday,
President Uhuru Kenyatta said that three floors in a part of the
mall had collapsed near the end of the operation, leaving an
unknown number of bodies under steel and concrete.

Sep 24, 2013

Gunfire erupts after Kenya says all hostages freed in mall siege

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya said its security forces had taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist fighters killed at least 62 people, and that police were doing a final sweep of shops early Tuesday after the last of the hostages had been rescued.

An overnight eerie silence outside the mall was broken at daybreak following a loud burst of gunfire heard coming from inside the Westgate mall, suggesting that the complex had not yet been secured. A lone military chopper circled above.

Sep 24, 2013

Kenya says all hostages freed in al Shabaab mall siege

NAIROBI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Kenya said its security forces
had taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist
fighters killed at least 62 people, and that police were doing a
final sweep of shops early Tuesday after the last of the
hostages had been rescued.

There was an eerie silence outside the mall after a day in
which gunfire and explosions were heard in the Westgate mall. A
trickle of survivors escaped the building throughout the day on
Monday, but the fate of people listed as missing was unclear.

Sep 23, 2013

Militants hold out as Kenya forces try to crush cross-border jihad

NAIROBI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Islamist fighters from
Somalia’s al Shabaab held out at a Nairobi shopping centre after
killing at least 62 people, surrounded by Kenyan forces trying
to crush their group’s cross-border jihad.

President Barack Obama offered U.S. support as the raid went
into its fourth day, saying he believed Kenya – the scene of one
of al Qaeda’s first major attacks and a neighbour of chaotic
Somalia – would continue to be a regional pillar of stability.

Sep 23, 2013

Gunfire heard at Kenyan mall under siege after 68 killed by Islamists

NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Heavy and sustained gunfire was
heard at the Nairobi shopping mall where at least 68 people were
killed by a Somali Islamist group, a Reuters witness reported on
Monday, suggesting an assault by Kenyan security forces.

As the siege entered its third day, a Reuters witness at the
scene heard heavy and sustained gunfire for about five minutes.
The blast of gunfire was followed by a lull, and then a series
of small, sporadic explosions occurred.

Sep 22, 2013

Islamist gunmen hold hostages in Kenya siege after 68 killed

NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Kenya said its security forces
were in control of most of the Nairobi shopping mall where at
least 68 people were killed by Somali al Shabaab Islamists, but
gunmen still appeared to be holding hostages as the siege
entered its third day on Monday.

Referring to an operation under way since early on Sunday,
following the storming of the upmarket Westgate mall at
lunchtime the previous day, a military spokesman said most of
those who had been in the complex were now free.

Sep 22, 2013

Al Qaeda-linked Islamists hold hostages at Kenya mall after killing 39

NAIROBI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Kenyan security forces were
locked in a standoff on Sunday with gunmen who killed at least
39 people in an assault at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi,
where the al Qaeda-linked militants were holding an unknown
number of hostages.

The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility
for Saturday’s attack on the Kenyan capital’s Westgate mall,
which is frequented by Westerners as well as Kenyans. Several
foreigners, including a Canadian diplomat, were among the dead.

Sep 22, 2013

Stand-off at Kenyan mall after Islamists kill 39 in ‘terrorist’ attack

NAIROBI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Kenyan security forces were
locked in a stand-off on Sunday with gunmen who killed at least
39 people at an upmarket shopping mall in the Kenyan capital,
and it was still unclear how many hostages the al Qaeda-linked
militants were holding.

The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility
for Saturday’s assault on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, which is
frequented by Westerners as well as Kenyans.

Sep 18, 2013

Kenya secures funds for $650 million airport expansion

NAIROBI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Kenya’s airport authority has
received full funding offers from three banks to build a new
terminal and second runway at its main airport, hit by a massive
fire last month, that will cost $653 million, the transport
minister said on Wednesday.

The plans to expand the ageing airport, a regional gateway
for passengers and cargo, are not new but the authorities have
come under pressure to speed up the expansion after the blaze
destroyed the arrivals terminal.

Sep 18, 2013

Kenya aims to host Africa’s first yuan clearing house

NAIROBI, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Kenya wants to host a clearing
house for China’s yuan currency – a bold African first that
would deepen the continent’s ties with Beijing, already a big
investor from The Cape to Cairo.

Such a venture would not eclipse the dollar in Africa
anytime soon, however, because the yuan is tightly managed and
traders are wedded to the greenback’s flexibility.