"WE HAVE ASHAMED AND DEFEATED OUR ATTACKERS"- PRESIDENT KENYATTA

President Kenyatta has said the four-day siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is over.

Tuesday September 24 2013

A Kenyan soldier gives a thumbs up signal after clearing the top floor balcony and interior of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
A Kenyan soldier gives a thumbs up signal after clearing the top floor balcony and interior of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers clear the top floor of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Bullet holes around a window at the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013.
Bullet holes around a window at the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers on September 24, 2013 near the entrance of the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers near the entrance of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers on September 24, 2013 near the entrance of the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers near the entrance of the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Cars abandoned outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi are seen on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Cars abandoned outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi are seen on September 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
A TV presenter outside the Westgate Mall as smoke rises from the building on September 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
A TV presenter outside the Westgate Mall as smoke rises from the building on September 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
A riot police officer disperses crowds gathered on September 23, 2013 around the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / JAMES QUEST
A riot police officer disperses crowds gathered on September 23, 2013 around the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / JAMES QUEST
A Kenyan police officer at the entrance of a building near the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA
A Kenyan police officer at the entrance of a building near the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA
A police officer outside the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013.   Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE
A police officer outside the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE
Managing Director of Nakumatt holdings Atul Shah (right) helps one of the victims of the attack at Westgate mall on September 21, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE
Managing Director of Nakumatt holdings Atul Shah (right) helps one of the victims of the attack at Westgate mall on September 21, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE
Journalists take cover after heavy gunshots from inside the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE
Journalists take cover after heavy gunshots from inside the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE
Security officers outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23,2013. Photo/WILLIAM OERI
Security officers outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23,2013. Photo/WILLIAM OERI
Kenyan security personnel, crouched behind a ledge on September 23, 2013 outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA
Kenyan security personnel, crouched behind a ledge on September 23, 2013 outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA
A Kenyan police officer guides volunteers to cover on September 23, 2013 after hearing gunshots at the Westgate shopping mall.
A Kenyan police officer guides volunteers to cover on September 23, 2013 after hearing gunshots at the Westgate shopping mall.
Volunteers run for cover on September 23, 2013, after gunshots at the Westgate shopping mall. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA
Volunteers run for cover on September 23, 2013, after gunshots at the Westgate shopping mall. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA
Volunteers run for cover on September 23, 2013 after hearing gunshots at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA
Volunteers and a policeman run for cover on September 23, 2013 after hearing gunshots at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Photo/ SALATON NJAU (NAIROBI)
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Photo/ SALATON NJAU (NAIROBI)
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Photo/ SALATON NJAU (NAIROBI)
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Photo/ SALATON NJAU (NAIROBI)
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
Smoke seen billowing above the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
People running away from the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
People running away from the Westgate mall on September 23, 2013. Photo/COURTESY
Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA
Kenyan troops take position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO JAMES QUEST
Kenyan troops take position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO JAMES QUEST
The top floor of the Westgate Mall on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO JAMES QUEST
The top floor of the Westgate Mall on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO JAMES QUEST
Rescue team members at the entrance on the top floor of the Westgate Mall on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO JAMES QUEST
Rescue team members at the entrance on the top floor of the Westgate Mall on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO JAMES QUEST
Kenyan media wearing bullet proof jackets and helmets film near Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza
Kenyan media wearing bullet proof jackets and helmets film near Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza
The scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
The scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his statement to the nation at the State House in Nairobi on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MUCHUCHA
President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his statement to the nation at the State House in Nairobi on September 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MUCHUCHA
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/NICHOLE SOBECKI
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/NICHOLE SOBECKI
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/NICHOLE SOBECKI
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/NICHOLE SOBECKI
Ms Chepkorir, one of the survivors of the mall attack hugs her husband on September 22,2013. Photo/WILLIAM OERI
Ms Chepkorir, one of the survivors of the mall attack hugs her husband on September 22,2013. Photo/WILLIAM OERI
The Westgate Mall in Nairobi where many were killed after gunmen stormed the busy shopping mall September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
The Westgate Mall in Nairobi where many were killed after gunmen stormed the busy shopping mall September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
An armoured personnel carrier at Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013 where many were killed after gunmen stormed the shopping mall ZADOCK ANGIRA.
An armoured personnel carrier at Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013 where many were killed after gunmen stormed the shopping mall ZADOCK ANGIRA.
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Kenyan soldier on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/NICHOLE SOBECKI
An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Kenyan soldier on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO/AFPTV/NICHOLE SOBECKI
British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner (left) held Secretary General of the Red Cross Abbas Gullets hand as he donated blood at the Kencom Bus on September 22, 2013. Hundreds of Kenyans turned up in the early morning hours in the same bid. Gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and are still holding several civilians hostage in a standoff with security forces. At least 59 people are feared dead and more than 150 were injured. Photo/Emma Nzioka.
British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner (left) held Secretary General of the Red Cross Abbas Gullets hand as he donated blood at the Kencom Bus on September 22, 2013. Hundreds of Kenyans turned up in the early morning hours in the same bid. Gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and are still holding several civilians hostage in a standoff with security forces. At least 59 people are feared dead and more than 150 were injured. Photo/Emma Nzioka.
Kenya Red cross secretary General Abbas Gullet helping out the casualties at the Westgate mall during the standoff on September 21, 2013.  Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE.
Kenya Red cross secretary General Abbas Gullet helping out the casualties at the Westgate mall during the standoff on September 21, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE.
Rescued hostages are escorted by police to safety on September 21, 2013 at Westgate mall which was under attack by terrorist. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE.
Rescued hostages are escorted by police to safety on September 21, 2013 at Westgate mall which was under attack by terrorist. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE.
A police officer at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
A police officer at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Kenya Red Cross at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Kenya Red Cross at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
A grenade is seen at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
A grenade is seen at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Kenya Red Cross at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Kenya Red Cross at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
A police officer at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
A police officer at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Inspector General David Kimaiyo at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Inspector General David Kimaiyo at the scene of crime where many were killed after gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. WILLIAM OERI
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo (with a helmet) at Westgate Mall on September 21, 2013.  Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE (NAIROBI)
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo (with a helmet) at Westgate Mall on September 21, 2013. Photo/ JEFF ANGOTE (NAIROBI)
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) arrive on September 22, 2013 at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA
Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) arrive on September 22, 2013 at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA
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President Kenyatta has said the four-day siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is over.

"We have ashamed and defeated our attackers," President Kenyatta said during a televised address to the nation Tuesday.

"We have been badly hurt, but we have been brave, united and strong. Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed. We have defeated our enemies and showed the whole world what we can accomplish."

The President said five terrorists had been killed "with gunfire" while 11 others were in police custody.

"Our losses are immense," he said after revealing that 67 people had lost their lives in the attack.

Of these, 61 were civilians while six officers "had made the ultimate sacrifice in their line of duty".

A total of 240 people were injured.

NATIONAL MOURNING

The President declared three days of national mourning during which the national flag will fly half-mast.

During the operation, the President said, three floors of the Westgate Mall collapsed.

"The terrorists and civilians are trapped in the debris," he said.

The President said the process of identifying the terrorists was on going.

"Forensic experts are working to ascertain nationalities of the terrorists", he said.

President Kenyatta promised his government will call the terrorists to account.

"These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are."

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