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Kenya Mall Attackers 'Ashamed And Defeated'
The Kenyan President says terrorists who attacked a Nairobi mall have been "ashamed and defeated", but that losses from the attack were "immense".
Four days after al Shabaab gunmen invaded the busy Westgate shopping centre, Uhuru Kenyatta announced that 11 suspects are in custody and five of the attackers are dead.
"We have ashamed and defeated our attackers - that part of our task is completed," Mr Kenyatta said as he called for three days of national mourning.
"Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed."
The President said the terrorists had killed 67 people - 61 civilians and six members of the security forces. Six Britons, including an eight-year-old girl, are among the dead.
But Mr Kenyatta indicated that the death toll, which was previously at 62, would rise further as bodies of victims were recovered from the mall.
"Towards the tail end of the operation, three floors of the Westgate mall collapsed and there are several bodies trapped in the rubble including the terrorists," he said.
"These cowards will meet justice as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are."
Police said all the attackers were now either dead or in custody.
"Now it is for the forensic and criminal experts," said police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi.
Kenyan officials have announced the imminent end of the siege for the past three days - something al Shabaab spokesmen have mocked in commentaries and in postings on social media.
Some hours before Mr Kenyatta spoke, the Somali terror group said its militants were still holding out with hostages and that there were "countless dead bodies" still inside the complex.
Mr Kenyatta also said forensic experts would examine the bodies of the attackers to determine if British or Americans were involved.
"Intelligence reports had suggested that a British woman and two or three American citizens may have been involved in the attack," Mr Kenyatta said.
"We cannot confirm the details at present but forensic experts are working to ascertain the nationalities of the terrorists."
However, al Shabaab themselves, on Twitter, denied that any women took part.
The attackers marched into the four-storey, part Israeli-owned mall at midday on Saturday, shooting dead shoppers with machine guns and tossing grenades.
Al Shabaab said it carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenya's military intervention in Somalia.
Mr Kenyatta had rejected the militants' demands that he pull Kenyan troops out of its northern neighbour.