The exclusive mall
is popular with expats and wealthy Kenyans and was crowded with shoppers out to enjoy a relaxing day when terrorists stormed the center, spraying bullets and wielding hand grenades.
worked at Canada's High Commission as a liaison officer with the Border Services Agency. She was out shopping with her husband when the attack happened and was slaughtered in the incident. Her husband survived the attack. No details have yet been released about the other Canadian that was killed.
The French government
has confirmed that two female shoppers were killed in the attack but no details have yet been released. The American State Department has reported that four Americans were injured in the incident, but no Americans were killed.
Most of the dead are Kenyans and the Kenyan President
, Uhuru Kenyatta, has advised that some of his close relatives were killed in the attack.
The Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the assault which it says was in response to the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia. Around 4,000 Kenyan soldiers are fighting militants in southern Somalia and have been there since 2011.
Army operations are still underway inside the shopping mall as an unknown number of hostages is being held in various locations by the gunmen.
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UPDATE CTV News
have reported that Canada will close its High Commission in Kenya on Monday, Sept. 23 as they are concerned about staff safety issues.