Shoppers raise their arms as they are evacuated from the mall on Sept. 21. Nichole Sobecki, AFP/Getty Images
Nairobi, Kenya-- Sporadic gunfire and explosions were heard Monday from the shopping mall in Kenya's capital where Somali terrorists remained holed-up with an unknown number of hostages.
The standoff began around midday on Saturday, when an estimated 10 to 15 militants from the al Qaeda-linked and Somalia-based group al-Shabab stormed the mall, shooting indiscriminately and hurling grenades inside the large shopping center popular with Westerners. At least 62 people have been killed in the attack, according to Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku.
The Kenya Red Cross gave a slightly higher death toll earlier Monday, but tweeted out a correction later in the day. The Red Cross said another 175 people were injured and 63 people were still listed as missing. The U.S. State Department has confirmed that five Americans were among the injured.
The situation at the mall has been changing rapidly, and many Kenyans and the world press have been relying on the Twitter accounts of various law enforcement officials, government agencies and ministers for the latest information.
On his Twitter feed, Interior Minister Lenku said "almost all" of the hostages have been evacuated, and that Kenyan security forces were "in control of all floors," but he did not elaborate. David Kimaiyo, inspector general for the national police, later confirmed the report on his twitter feed.
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