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Kenya vows to 'punish' terrorists
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to hunt down and punish the terrorists behind a brutal attack on an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall which left at least 39 people dead, including foreigners.
A hostage situation is reportedly ongoing inside the Westgate Mall, with national security forces involved in a "delicate" operation, the president said.
In a national televised address he said he had "personally lost family members in the Westgate attack", in which at least 150 people were injured.
Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the outrage, in which men armed with guns and grenades stormed the mall in the affluent Westlands district of the capital, which is popular with expats.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britons had undoubtedly been caught up in the "callous and cowardly and brutal" assault by a heavily-armed gang who singled out non-Muslims.
Mr Hague said "we should be ready for that and aware of that" as he revealed that the Government's emergency response committee Cobra had met and a rapid deployment team was being sent to Kenya to help.
Two Canadians, including one diplomat, and two French women have been confirmed as among those killed in the shooting. The US State Department also said four American citizens were reported injured.
In his speech last night, Mr Kenyatta said security forces were in the process of "neutralising the attackers and securing the mall" but he said it was a "delicate" operation.
He urged Kenyans to "remain calm and vigilant" and asked them to donate blood to help treat the injured.
And he vowed: "We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to. We shall get to them and we shall punish them for this heinous crime."