Monday, September 23, 2013

LIVE UPDATES: Government puts death toll at 62.

8.10pm Fire seen at the scene of attack, cars left at the scene reportedly on fire.

6.00pm Smoke still billowing three hours after govt said it will put it out

5.20pm About 20 powerful explosions heard this afternoon.

4.17pm: Heavy gunfire at Westgate Mall, smoke still rising.

4.09pm: Interior Ministry says several people have been arrested at JKIA for questioning.

4.05pm: Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi says allowances for MPs for tomorrow’s sitting will be donated to Westgate Mall attack victims.

3.37pm Police have tear-gassed a crowd of curious people near the scene. Crowd was throwing stones.

2.32pm We are in-charge of all the floors, says interior minister Ole Lenku

2.28pm Ten of the security forces are injured

2.23pm Two terrorists confirmed dead

2.20pm 62 deaths confirmed says Ole Lenku

2.20pm Very few hostages left. Ole Lenku says in a current present conferences

2.06pm Military aircraft seen flying low as smoke rises over the Westgate Mall.

1.53pm Fire engines seen arriving at the scene even as heavy smoke rises.

1.26pm Three explosions heard from Westgate followed by gunshots.

1.19pm Smoke rises over Westgate Mall

12.06pm: Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku says a few more hostages have been rescued but a few still remain; says security has been beefed up at airports and seaports.

11.49am: AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini‐Zuma condemns Westgate Mall terror attack, reiterates AU's resolve to counter terrorism in the continent. She sent a message of condolences to the families of victims and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

11.33am: Kenya Red Cross puts death toll at 69 by 11.22am, says 69 people recorded missing.

11.16am: Somalia envoy to Kenya Mr Mohammed Nur condemns Westgate Mall terror attack, says terrorism remains a common enemy.

11.11am: Safaricom update shows 88,389 subscribers have contributed towards Westgate humanitarian activities via M-Pesa paybill no. 848484, Sh29,093,725 raised by 11am.

10.58am: Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero and several MPs donate blood at Uhuru Park

10.27am: Plenty of movement outside the Mall

9.28am: Heavy gunfire and a loud blast heard inside the Mall at 9.15am.

9.26am: UK Prime Minister Mr David Cameron cuts short a visit to Balmoral to chair urgent Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms(COBRA) on Kenya terror attacks.

9.08am: Safaricom appeal for public contributions to help those affected via M-Pesa paybill no. 848484 had raised Sh25,488,348 by 9am.

8.57am: Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo urges residents living near Westgate Mall to be cautious

7.40am: All roads around the Westgate Mall closed to traffic. Motorists asked by government to avoid the area.

7.11am: Safaricom update shows that the appeal for public contributions to help the affected via M-Pesa paybill no. 848484 has so far raised Sh23,008,370.

6.53am: Nation journalists near the mall report a heavy explosion.

6:30am: Heavy gunfire heard from the mall at around 6.30am after a largely quiet night as standoff enters Day 3.

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