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Foreign forensic experts help Kenyan team comb mall

Wednesday September 25 2013

Secretary to Cabinet Mr Francis Kimemia. He said forensic experts from Israel, USA and UK have joined the Kenyan team in carrying out analysis at Westgate mall. PHOT/FILE

Secretary to Cabinet Mr Francis Kimemia. He said forensic experts from Israel, USA and UK have joined the Kenyan team in carrying out analysis at Westgate mall. PHOT/FILE 

Forensic experts from Israel, the United States and United Kingdom have joined the Kenyan team in carrying out analysis at Westgate mall.

Secretary to the Cabinet Mr Francis Kimemia said the experts will assist the local team comb the mall and insisted that Kenya will lead the exercise.

He said Westgate has been handed over to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for analysis.

“Priority will focus on debris clearance to facilitate immediate recovery of bodies,” he said in a post on Twitter.

The Westgate mall was retaken on Tuesday after a gunfight with the attackers.

At least 61 civilians were killed by the terrorists as well as six members of the security forces.

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Five of the terrorists were killed in the firefight inside Westgate, while 11 suspected accomplices were arrested elsewhere

Mr Kimemia said President Uhuru Kenyatta has summoned a special cabinet meeting on Wednesday over the attack.

The meeting is set to take stock of the incident and formulate the way forward, he said.