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September 23, 2013

Massacre at a Nairobi mall

Islamist militants ambushed a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday killing more than 50 people and terrorizing the city. The siege was still taking place on Monday, as Kenyan forces tried to drive the militants out of the Westgate mall and save remaining hostages. Somalia's Al Shabab claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in Kenya since 1998. -Leanne Burden Seidel ( 32 photos total)

A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Sept. 21. The gunmen stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 killing at least 20 people in what Kenya's government said could be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. Sporadic gun shots could be heard hours after the assault started as soldiers surrounded the mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official confirmation. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

A woman is helped out of the Westgate Mall. At least 68 people died on Sept. 21 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

Police and army swept through the mall to pursue the assailants and to help civilians escape to safety in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

Plainclothes officer searches the Westgate Mall on Sept 21. Police and army swept through the mall to pursue the assailants and to help civilians escape to safety. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A body of a man lies on the ground as armed policemen try to get entry into the Westgate Mall after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, killing at least six on Sept. 21 in Nairobi. The gunmen have taken at least seven hostages, police and security guards told an AFP reporter at the scene. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images) #

Injured people cry for help after gunmen went on a shooting spree in Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Sept. 21. Gunmen stormed the shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 15 people in what Kenya's government said might be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Security forces search floor by floor for the gunmen on Sept 21. Police and army swept through the mall to pursue the assailants and to help civilians escape to safety. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

Shoppers attempt to flee the attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Sept. 21. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A wounded man sits screaming in shock at a parking lot of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Sept. 21. Militant gunmen stormed the shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 39 people, including children, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. Kenyan security forces were still locked in a standoff on Sept. 22 with the al Qaeda-linked militants, who were holding an unknown number of hostages. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Security forces work quickly to get civilians out of the mall and to find militants on Sept. 21. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

Bodies of people lie on the floor of Westgate Mall as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Nairobi Sept. 21. The gunmen stormed the shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 20 people in what Kenya's government said could be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. Sporadic gun shots could be heard hours after the assault started as soldiers surrounded the mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official confirmation. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Security forces push an injured person in a shopping trolley past the body of a man from the Westgate Mall as police search for gunmen in Nairobi, Sept. 21. Gunmen stormed the shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 15 people in what Kenya's government said might be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Police officers and soldiers swept through the five-story Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 21 after gunmen opened fire. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A woman protects children from the attackers by hiding behind a restaurant counter. Gunmen entered the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi Sept. 21, killing and injuring civilians. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

Kenyan soldiers and the police descend on the mall, trying to isolate the gunmen and protect shoppers and workers on Sept. 21 after gunmen entered and killed dozens at the Westgate Mall. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A woman jumps from an air vent of a restaurant where she was hiding in the Westgate mall in Nairobi on Sept 21. Police and army swept through the mall to pursue the assailants and to help civilians escape to safety. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A woman is transported to safety after gunmen entered the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21, killing and injuring civilians. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

People evacuate the Westgate Mall to escape the violence during the siege on Sept. 21. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A Kenyan woman is helped to safety after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff on Sept. 21 in Nairobi. (Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images) #

An injured man, rumoured to be a suspect, is driven away in an ambulance with police escorts on Sept. 21, following a security operation at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi where suspected terrorists engaged Kenyan security forces in a drawn out gun fight. Some 20 people have been killed and about 50 wounded Sept. 21 in the initial attack by the gunmen the Kenya Red Cross said. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) #

People who escaped the carnage said the assailants were holding hostages at gunpoint. (Tyler Hicks/The New York Times) #

A woman (C) who had been held hostage reacts in shock on Sept. 21 after she was freed following a security operation at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi where suspected terrorists engaged Kenyan security forces in a drawn out gun fight. Some 20 people have been killed and about 50 wounded Saturday in the initial attack by the gunmen the Kenya Red Cross said. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman who had been held hostage is carried in shock by rescue personnel on Sept. 21, after she was freed following a security operation at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi where suspected terrorists engaged Kenyan security forces in a drawn out gun fight. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A wounded woman reacts at Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Militant gunmen stormed the shopping mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21 killing at least 39 people, including children, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. Kenyan security forces were still locked in a standoff on Sunday with the al Qaeda-linked militants, who were holding an unknown number of hostages. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Relatives and Muslim faithful carry the slain body of Rehmad Mehbub, 18, who was killed in a crossfire between armed men and the police at the Westgate Mall, in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Sept. 22. Islamist militants were holed up with hostages at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 59 people have been killed in an attack by the al Shabaab group that opposes Kenya's participation in a peacekeeping mission in neighboring Somalia. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) #

Kenyans wait to donate blood for victims from the Sept. 21 terrorist attack on a shopping mall, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 23. Hostages being held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in the mall have not been released despite an earlier statement from the military that "most" had been rescued, a person connected to the situation told The Associated Press on Sept. 23. (Khalil Senosi/Associated Press) #

Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 23. Kenyan Defence troops remain inside the mall, in a standoff with Somali militants after they laid siege to the shopping centre shooting and throwing grenades as they entered. Somali Shebab militants on Sept. 23 threatened to kill hostages they are holding in the Nairobi shopping mall as Kenyan troops move to end their siege. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images) #

Smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 23. Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants inside an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall in a final push to end a siege that has left at least 43 dead and 200 wounded with an unknown number of hostages still being held. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Kenyan police officer runs for cover in a nearby forest as large explosions and heavy gunfire are heard from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Sept. 23. Four large blasts rocked Kenya's Westgate Mall on Sept. 23, sending large plumes of smoke over an upscale suburb as Kenyan military forces sought to rescue an unknown number of hostages held by al-Qaida-linked militants. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

Kenyan security personnel wave at bystanders to take cover as heavy gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya on Sept. 23. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press) #

Medics take cover behind a large tree as gunfire and explosions are heard from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya on Sept. 23. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press) #

Stephen, center, who lost his father on the Sept. 21 attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is comforted by relatives as he waits for the post mortem exam at the city morgue Sept. 23. Islamic extremist gunmen lobbed grenades and fired assault rifles inside Nairobi's top mall Sept. 21, killing dozens and wounding over a hundred in the attack. Early Sept. 23 morning gunmen remained holed up inside the mall with an unknown number of hostages. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press) #
 
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