Kampala, Uganda- The operation by Kenyan security forces to secure the westgate shopping mall in the capital Nairobi where the Al Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab terrorists from Somalia carried attack on Saturday killing more than 68 and injured about 180 people has entered day four.
Reports coming from Nairobi indicate that the security forces are in the last phase of evacuation to secure the mall and free the remaining hostages.
Kenyan special forces are still battling “one or two” Islamist militants holed up inside Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, security sources involved in the operation told an AFP correspondent at the scene Tuesday.
The sources said the militants were located and isolated in or around a casino located on one of the upper floors of the complex.
gunfire and the sound of blasts could be heard coming from inside the mall at dawn, witnesses said.
The fresh fighting came some hours after the Kenyan government had declared it was in “full control” of the sprawling mall and as the siege went into its fourth day.
The security sources confirmed that a number hostages had been rescued and evacuated to a military hospital.
Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab insurgents have claimed the attack, which began midday on Saturday when the armed militants marched into the complex, tossed grenades and fired automatic weapons and sent panicked shoppers fleeing.
However, Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab insurgents have also warned that they will attack Uganda in 24 hours prompting security pave up in the country where the same terrorists attacked and killed at least 74 people in two separate venues in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where crowds had gathered to watch the World Cup final of 2010.