Most Nairobi mall hostages rescued
The Kenyan military said late Sunday that they have rescued most of the remaining hostages held by al-Qaeda linked militants inside an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, and have taken control of most parts of the building.
Officials say security forces launched a "major assault" to end the two-day siege, and all efforts were underway to bring the matter to a "speedy conclusion."
Gunmen opened fire at the Westgate shopping mall on Saturday around noon, local time, killing at least 68 people and injuring over 1-hundred-70.
Eyewitnesses said the gunmen threw grenades and fired indiscriminately at shoppers.
"We tried escaping. And they threw a grenade, the sharp particles entered my hands and my legs. There were many people injured."
A Korean citizen is among the dead.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry says 38-year-old Kang Moon-hee died from gunshot wounds.
Officials say Kang had moved to Kenya with her British husband, who is currently recovering at a nearby hospital.
Another Korean citizen who was initially reported missing has been confirmed safe.
The ministry has condemned the brutal attack, and pledged to provide assistance.
Somali militant group al-Shabab had said the deaths were retribution for Kenyan involvement in Somalia.
The international community has denounced the attack.
The U.S. State Department has called it "a senseless act of violence."
The United Nations, France and Britain also condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms and have offered to provide necessary assistance.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.