Kenya forces ‘storm Westgate centre’

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Inside the Kenyan Westgate Mall

Kenyan security forces appear to have launched an assault on the Westgate shopping complex in the capital Nairobi in an attempt to break the siege there.

Gunfire and explosions were heard at the complex and a cloud of smoke could be seen billowing from the building.

A Kenyan police official said that security forces had rescued some hostages held by the attackers.

More than 69 people have died and more than 170 have been injured since the attack began on Saturday.

The Somali al-Shabab movement has said it carried out the attack.

It said it was in retaliation for Kenyan military operations in Somalia.

The latest round of gunfire and explosions appears to be a dramatic turn of events in the security forces’ operation, the BBC’s Mike Wooldridge reports from Nairobi.

Television pictures showed troops running towards the complex. About 10 attackers were thought to be inside.

“We’re increasingly gaining advantage of the attackers,” inspector general of Kenyan police David Kimaiyo said in a tweet.

It is not clear as yet what caused the blasts, or what impact they are having on the operation to rescue hostages taken by the militants, our correspondent reports.

More troops can be seen on the move around the building, he adds.

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