Shabab Claims 137 Hostages Buried in Kenya Mall Rubble

World | September 25, 2013, Wednesday // 14:59
Bulgaria: Shabab Claims 137 Hostages Buried in Kenya Mall Rubble Photo by EPA/BGNES

A total of 137 hostages are buried in the rubble after Kenyan forces demolished parts of a mall that was the scene of a four-day stand off between government forces and the militants, the militant group that carried out the attack has claimed.

“Having failed to defeat the mujahideen inside the mall, the Kenyan government disseminated chemical gases to end the siege,” al-Shabab said on Twitter, according to international media.

They added “to cover their crime, the Kenyan government carried out a demolition to the building, burying evidence and all hostages under the rubble.”

Government spokesman Manoah Esipisu immediately denied the claim, telling The Associated Press no chemical weapons were used and that the official civilian death toll remains 61.

Kenya has begun three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege by Islamist militants on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said 67 people had died, including six security personnel. Five militants were killed and 11 suspects arrested, he added.

We need your support so can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

World » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Kenya, mall, shopping center, al-Shabab, Hostages
Advertisement All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria