At least 20 killed when gunmen ambush Nairobi shopping mall, Red Cross says

Gunmen ambushed an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday, leading to a fierce gunbattle with police and multiple casualties, a government source said.
At least 20 people were killed and 50 wounded, said Abbas Gullet, head of the Kenyan Red Cross.
The gunmen shot indiscriminately and took some people hostage at the mall in Nairobi, a senior Kenyan government source said.
Attackers appear to be of Somali origin, a Kenyan government source and Western diplomatic sources told CNN.
It was unclear how many hostages the attackers took, but police are trying to negotiate for their release and retake the building, according to the source.

The military asked local media not to televise anything live because the gunmen are watching the screens in the mall.
Crowds fled down the streets as soldiers in military fatigues crawled under cars to get closer to the mall, guns cocked.
Surveillance helicopters flew overhead.
“We urge Kenyans to keep off Westgate mall, adjacent roads and its environs until further notice,” the Interior Ministry said on its Twitter page.
It declined to release further information, saying it will issue a statement later.
“We’re doing our job to ensure that everyone is evacuated to safety,” the ministry said. “This is a scene of crime, let police do their job.”
CNN affiliate NTV reported multiple shooters were at the scene and terrified shoppers were hiding inside the mall, which is popular among expatriates and the wealthy.
The high-end mall opened six years ago, and has more than 80 stores.

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