Kenyan Officials: All Hostages Freed From Nairobi Mall

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 23 2013 8:46 PM

Kenyan Officials: All Hostages Freed From Nairobi Mall

Smoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013.

Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

Kenyan officials say that all of the remaining hostages held at the under-attack Nairobi mall have been freed, the Wall Street Journal reports.

At least 62 people have been killed in the siege, according to the Journal. The attack started on Saturday when attackers stormed the mall from several entrances, opening fire on people inside. The rescue mission, reports the Journal, was “punctuated by gunfire and large explosions that sent bystanders scurrying from the upscale mall and turned a bustling suburb of East Africa's commercial capital into a conflict zone.” 47 people were thought to be inside the complex before the government operation, according to the Red Cross’ missing persons reports.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.


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