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article imageNairobi siege - 6 Britons dead, approx. 62 killed in total

By Dawn Denmar     Sep 23, 2013 in World
Nairobi - As the Westgate Mall, Nairobi siege enters its third day the UK government confirms six Britons have now been reported dead, with 62 dead overall. The BBC published a special report on the attack today which they are updating as more news is available.
Kenyan security forces have reported they are in the process of clearing the Westgate shopping mall and ending the siege that has taken place since noon local time on Saturday, Sept. 21. The official death toll for the attack now stands at 62, and the British government have confirmed six Britons have died. Several prominent Kenyans have been killed, including a popular female radio presenter, Ruhila Adatia Sood. She was hosting a rooftop cookery competition for children at the time of the attack and was six months pregnant with her first child. Australian architect Ross Langdon and his Dutch girlfriend Elif Yavuz also died during the attack. Canadian diplomat Annmarie Desloges had already been reported killed yesterday, alongside a further unnamed Canadian citizen. Renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor is another victim of the attack.
Earlier today shootings and explosions were reported from the mall and thick smoke billowed from the area. Three terrorists have been reported killed. The Kenya Defence Force say they are now in control of all levels of the shopping mall, though terrorists could still be holed up in some areas. It is now felt unlikely that any more hostages are being held within the complex. Eleven Kenyan soldiers have so far been reported injuring in the operation, with 170 people injured in total during the terrorist attack.
UK Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond spoke to the press after an emergency meeting of the UK defence committee COBRA and said there was no evidence "Britons had been among those who targeted the Westgate shopping centre." A number of British newspaper headlines today had indicated that Britons, including a "white widow", were involved in the attack.
The Kenyan Interior Minister, Joseph Ole Lenku, spoke to the BBC earlier this evening and has confirmed the siege is in its final stages. He said, "There is no room for escape" and that the military operations would continue overnight.
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