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Americans injured and that terror attack targeting non Muslims at an upscale shopping mall one of the worst attacks Kenya has seen in years.
The al-Qaeda linked Somali militant group Al should bomb is claiming responsibility all over the Internet and threatening there's more to come.
Right now the situation is ongoing as attackers were told are still inside that mall.
And we're getting reports they have hostages.
-- in special forces are now inside the building.
Trying to hunt them down put an end of the standoff.
And we're now more than ten hours -- your talent looked earlier in Nairobi gunman opened fire through hand grenades at shoppers.
One witness says the attackers told all Muslims.
To -- to escape the danger.
If you don't seem stunned that we come -- this moment we'll -- These feelings and now -- know -- about the weather beat you don't know India through this you billion Muslims and you don't -- -- kind of -- You heard but he said there if -- -- stand up and go they actually escorted them out of harm's way.
And then started killing people.
Small guards using shopping carts to -- -- the wounded children.
While others ran out crying clutching their parents' hands the mall was hosting a children's event when all this happened.
People are dead at least that's according to the president there but the number is expected to rise he says.
One of the shop owners is describing the attack and you can hear him trying to catch his breath.
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Concluded included -- going up and up -- the event Thompson both.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Across the border with Somalia you can see that on the map there.
Now this is why that's -- Kenyan military forces first -- into that country in 2011 to help the Somali government fight off this group also Bob.
And since then the group has been warning continue to go home with its military or face severe consequences.
The group says all over the Internet specifically on Twitter it's time to take the -- to Kenya.
The official US response reads in part the United States condemns the strongest terms the despicable terrorists that attack.
On innocent civilians today at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi Kenya.
We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have been killed or injured including the American citizens.
Who were injured and the staff -- our embassy in Kenya who were tragically affected by this attack in quote.
Let's now go live to our mideast newsroom Conner Powell with the latest -- -- Harris we know at least one of the attackers was killed during the gun battle but it appears that several of the gun gunman.
Are being cornered right now by Kenyan police that we believe the attackers do have some hostages although we don't know how many and what sort of health they are right now but according to eyewitnesses they say -- -- at least five attackers including one female gunman.
-- also Bob the al-Qaeda linked Islamic militant group that is responsible for today's attack is vowing to launch other attacks.
And is refusing to negotiate for the release of India the hostages they are holding right now.
They vowed to attack Nairobi after detaining government sent troops to Somalia two years ago to try to dislodge outs -- -- from power they really controlled.
A large part of Somalia two years ago now witnesses say that -- Bob.
Gunman stormed the upscale shopping mall around noon local time today carried AK forty sevens and throwing grenades.
They're all multiple reports that they were targeting non Muslims and westerners even allowing Muslims to leave the area before opening fire.
We're getting a lot of reports about casualties and injuries Harris right now we're not get a lot of reports about what's actually happening in the mall.
And how many how hostages there are what type of health therein and how long authorities think that this standoff -- last.
A lot of confusion a Lotta chaotic information coming out of the Kenyan government right now.
And we're hoping to get more information but right now it's sort of a black -- information Harris all right -- Powell thank you very much.
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