Death toll at Nairobi mall rises to 59

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Death toll at Nairobi mall rises to 59

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At least 59 people have died and 175 people have been injured after armed gunmen faced off with Kenyan police and soldiers inside an upscale Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday.

While witnesses said the attackers were armed with AK-47 rifles and wore ammunition belts, Kenyan officials said that they were making progress in securing the building.

Daylight brought some good news for some families, as several hostages managed to escape to safety.

The Shabab, an Islamist militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda, took responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for Kenya’s military operations in Somalia, which began nearly two years ago.