Kenyan, international investigators comb Nairobi mall for evidence
Western countries are helping Kenya investigate the terror attack at the Westgate shopping mall in which at least 72 people, including five attackers, were killed.
"I want to indicate that a number of our friends have joined our team and specifically from the following countries. The U.S., Israel, Britain, Germany, Canada and other agencies including Interpol. Terrorism is a global problem and we welcome international intelligence sharing."
The investigations began a day after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the siege had ended, but there are still an unknown number of bodies under the debris and collapsed floors.
"I want to focus on the issue of the people under the rubble. We have begun the exercise of addressing the forensic effort to determine the ethnicity."
For the first time Wednesday, the leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabaab group confirmed its members were behind the attack.
In an audio file posted on an al-Shabaab-linked website, Ahmed Godane also claimed that chemical weapons were deployed to end the siege, an accusation the Kenyan government denies.
Godane did not specify the type of gas that was used, which could theoretically include anything from tear gas to poison.
Meanwhile, intelligence reports have revealed the plot was masterminded weeks in advance and suggest a British and a few American gunmen were involved, but nothing has been verified yet.
At least 10 people are being held in connection with the attack.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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