Kenya says Nairobi mall siege is over, with 72 dead

NAIROBI, Kenya — President Uhuru Kenyatta declared an end to the Nairobi shopping mall siege after a final day of shooting and explosions Tuesday, but many key questions about the terrorist attack remained unanswered.

In a somber speech to the nation, Kenya's leader spelled out the toll — at least 72 people dead, including six soldiers and five of the attackers. But he offered no details on what happened in the final confrontation between security forces and attackers, in which repeated explosions toppled several floors of the mall and sent a thick plume of smoke into the air.

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Kenya widow: In the Sept. 25 Section A, an article about the assault on a shopping mall in Kenya said that Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of one of the suicide bombers who attacked London's transit system in 2005, had narrowly escaped arrest in Kenya last year. She avoided arrest in 2011.

Nor did he explain what happened to hostages reportedly held by members of the Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group the Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Persistent reports that foreigners, including several Americans, were among the attackers also remained unconfirmed. Kenyan authorities said 11 suspects were arrested, but the president did not say whether they were detained at the Westgate mall or at other sites.

Kenyatta said several bodies, including those of some of the attackers, remained buried under the collapsed floors. His comments appeared to suggest that civilians, possibly hostages, might also be buried in the mess.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said 51 people were missing.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said 51 people were missing.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said 51 people were missing.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said 51 people were missing.

The Shabab's media office said Tuesday on Twitter that Godane was planning to make a statement soon on the mall attack.

The Shabab's media office said Tuesday on Twitter that Godane was planning to make a statement soon on the mall attack.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

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Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

Kenyatta, elected in March, faces International Criminal Court charges of crimes against humanity stemming from postelection violence in 2007 and 2008. The crisis was his first major test as leader. The nation's security forces won praise from many Kenyans for the full assault that eventually ended the standoff.

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