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Kenya seeks forensic clues over shopping mall bloodbath

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Kenya seeks forensic clues over shopping mall bloodbath


As forensics experts began a fingertip search of Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, more footage emerged of soldiers rescuing those trapped inside by Islamic militants.

International investigators will help determine whether Westerners and women were among those who went on the rampage with grenades and guns on Saturday.

As the rubble from the partially-collapsed complex is searched, Kenyan authorities do not expect the overall death toll of 72 people to rise significantly.

“We have begun the exercise of addressing the forensic effort to determine the ethnicity or otherwise, whether there are still any bodies holed up there,” said Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku, adding that he only expected the bodies of militants to be found.

Three days of national mourning are being marked in Kenya which says at least 10 people are in custody in connection with the attack.

The al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab group said it had targeted the mall over Kenya’s military presence in Somalia. It claimed many hostages died because troops used gas to bring the siege to a close.

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