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Authorities arrested "more than 10" suspects, including four at the airport, who are thought linked to the Shabaab assault on a Nairobi mall. The death toll was revised to at least 62; the military said all floors of the mall have been cleared, but there were also reports that some gunmen remained. A Shabaab commander said the assault was well organized. Kenyan authorities believe foreign fighters were part of the assault team. Wanted British terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite is suspected of involvement in the attack.
The death toll in the Shabaab attack on the Nairobi mall has risen to 68. Some 10 to 15 attackers are thought to be still holding hostages inside the mall as security forces surround the area. President Kenyatta said Kenya will not relent in the war on terror and also said Kenya's ethnic and cultural diversity is its strength. Shabaab resumed tweeting about the operation.
Shabaab militants carried out a massacre at a Nairobi mall, shooting at least 39 civilians dead and taking hostages. The group claimed the ongoing attack, saying it was shifting the battleground to Kenya after Kenyan troops had fought Shabaab in Somalia. At least 150 people have been injured in the attack, including several Americans. The attackers, who included a woman, asked Muslims to leave the mall before the attack began.
British citizen Jermaine Grant, alleged to have links to Somalia's Shaabab, has been acquitted of charges related to robbery and raiding a police station. He will still face a separate trial in Mombasa regarding the possession of chemicals, batteries, and switches, which were allegedly for making explosives.
Authorities warn Shabaab may be planning attacks in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa to commemorate the assassination of a radical Muslim cleric. Sheik Aboud Rogo was killed on Aug. 27, 2012 when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his car.
Kenyan troops have killed several Shabaab militants among a group of about 20 near the border town of Hulugho; the remaining militants fled. A few days earlier, Shabaab forces raided a regional administration police camp in Garissa, killing four people and burning down the camp.