NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan military forces engaged in sporadic gun
battles Sunday with the Islamic extremists holding an unknown number of
hostages inside an upscale Nairobi mall, as officials said the death
toll from a grenade-and-gunfire siege a day earlier rose to 59, with at
least 175 wounded.
The hostage crisis passed the 24-hour mark and fears rose of a
protracted standoff with terrorists using hostages as pawns. Kenyan
security forces were seen entering Westgate Mall with at least two
rocket-propelled grenades, heavy weaponry for a potential indoor battle
with hostages present.
Elite military units were inside the Westgate mall, and volleys of
gunfire continued into the afternoon Sunday. Two wounded Kenyan soldiers
were seen being carried out of the mall in the morning.
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