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Gunmen attack mall in Kenya

Gunmen stormed a crowded shopping mall frequented by Westerners in a brazen midday attack

A section of the Westgate Mall complex in Nairobi, Kenya, is seen completely collapsed days after the siege. NBC News
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pays tribute to his nephew Mbugua Mwangi and Mwangi's fiancee Rosemary Wahito at their funeral service in Nairobi on Sept. 27. Mwangi and Wahito died in the Westgate mall attack six days earlier. Jerome Delay / AP
A collapsed section of the parking lot is seen from the rooftop of the Westgate mall on Sept. 26, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The country is observing three days of national mourning as security forces begin the task of clearing and securing the Westgate shopping mall following a four-day siege by militants. Kenyan Presidential Press Service via Getty Images
Mary Italo cries as a friend comforts her after finding the body of her 33-year-old son at the city mortuary after he was killed in a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 25. Dai Kurokawa / EPA
Alyaz Merali, an 8-year-old Muslim boy who received two gunshot wounds during the attack by gunmen at the Westgate Mall, takes part in the funeral procession for his mother, Selima Merali and sister Nuriana Merali, 15, who were both killed in the attack, on Sept. 25. Uriel Sinai / Getty Images
Relatives carry a coffin during a funeral procession for Selima Merali and her daughter, Nuriana Merali, 15, who were killed in the attack by gunmen at the Westgate Mall, on Sept. 25. Uriel Sinai / Getty Images
Members of the Kenyan Sikh community come together on Sept. 25 to cremate a grandmother and a son who were killed when terrorists took over the Nairobi Westgate Mall. Kabir Dhanji / EPA
Catholic nuns pray near the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 25. Jerome Delay / AP
Relatives of Johnny Mutinda Musango, 48, weep after identifying his body at the city morgue in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 24. Musango was one of the victims of the Westgate Mall hostage siege. Kenyan security forces were still combing the Mall on the fourth day of the siege by al Qaeda-linked terrorists. Jerome Delay / AP
Ramesh Vaya, center, is comforted by family members after lighting the funeral pyre for his wife Malti, who was shot dead in the attack on the Westgate Mall. Her funeral was at the Hindu Crematorium in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 24. Ramesh and his brother both lost their wives in the attack. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said security forces had finally defeated a small group of terrorists after four days of fighting at the Nairobi mall. Kate Holt / AP
Kenyan soldiers move in formation, clearing the top floor balcony and interior of Westgate Mall on Sept. 24. Kenya’s president said security forces killed five terrorists and arrested 11 suspects in connection with the horrific siege on the Nairobi shopping mall. Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images
Kenya Defense Force soldiers take positions at the Westgate shopping center on Sept. 24. Noor Khamis / Reuters
Kenyan Defense Forces near vicinity of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
A Kenyan TV presenter stands in front of smoke rising from Westgate Mall on Sept. 23. Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images
Police officers take cover following a string of explosions from Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, during the third day of a stand off between Kenyan security forces and gunmen inside the building, on Sept. 23. Siegfried Modola / Reuters
A Kenya Army helicopter flies behind a plume of black smoke billowing from the Westgate Mall, on Sept. 23. Ben Curtis / AP
Kenyan security personnel wave at bystanders to take cover as heavy gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall, on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
Kenyan soldiers take cover behind walls near the Westgate shopping centre after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi, on Sept. 23. Noor Khamis / Reuters
A Kenya Defence Force armored military vehicle drives from the Westgate shopping centre after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi, on Sept. 23. Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
Volunteers run for cover after hearing gunshots outside a mall in Nairobi, on Sept. 23. Tony Karumba / AFP - Getty Images
Kenyan security personnel and journalists duck behind a vehicle as heavy gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
A Kenyan police officer stands outside the entrance of a building in the vicinity of the beseiged Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, on Sept. 23. Tony Karumba / AFP - Getty Images
Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya on Sept. 23. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Jerome Delay / AP
Volunteers and a police officers run for cover on Sept. 23 after hearing a volley of gunshots outside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Tony Karumba / AFP - Getty Images
A Kenyan police security officer takes cover as heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
A paramedic runs for cover outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after heavy shooting started, on Sept. 23. Sayyid Azim / AP
Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate mall in Nairobi on Sept. 23. Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images
Medics take cover behind a large tree as gunfire and explosions are heard from the Westgate Mall on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
A Kenyan security officer takes cover as gunfire and explosions are heard from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
Stephen, center, who lost his father in Saturday's attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is comforted by relatives as he waits for the post mortem exam at the city morgue on Sept. 23. Jerome Delay / AP
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation about the Westgate shopping mall attack in the capital Nairobi Sept. 22. Kenyatta said his nephew and his nephew's fiance were killed in the attack. Reuters
Kenya Defense Forces soldiers arrive at the Oshwal Centre, serving as a makeshift medical center adjacent to the Westgate shopping mall, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 22. Dai Kurokawa / EPA
Four-year-old American girl Portia Walton runs to safety as her mother and siblings take cover under a table, background, on Sept. 21. Abdul Haji, left, the son of a former security minister in the Kenyan government, helped the family to escape as gunmen went on a shooting spree at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Katherine Walton, left, an American mother of five, is helped by another woman to carry her youngest children to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in the Westgate mall on Sept. 21. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Abdul Haji, left, who had rushed to the mall because his brother was trapped there, and another man guide a woman and child to safety during the siege on Sept. 21. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Armed men move through a hallway inside the Westgate shopping mall, on Sept. 21. Kabir Dhanji / EPA
A wounded woman is helped to safety after masked gunmen stormed a mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, on Sept. 21 in Nairobi. Simon Maina / AFP - Getty Images
Rescue team members wait at the entrance of the Westgate Mall on Sept. 21, in Nairobi, to rescue hostages. James Quest / AFP - Getty Images
Civilians who had been hiding inside during the gun battle manage to flee from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 21. Jonathan Kalan / AP
Military forces taking position inside a shopping mall following an attack by masked gunmen in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Nichole Sobecki / AFP - Getty Images
A woman escapes through a shaft in the Westgate shopping mall, on Sept. 21. Kabir Dhanji / EPA
Injured people receive assistance after masked gunmen stormed a mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, on Sept. 21 in Nairobi. Simon Maina / AFP - Getty Images
An official carries a young boy during a rescue operation at the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21. Kabir Dhanji / EPA
A victim is attended to by an ambulance worker after he was injured in attacks inside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21. EPA
Military forces taking position inside a shopping mall following an attack by masked gunmen in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Nichole Sobecki / AFP - Getty Images
Civilians escape an area at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Siegfried Modola / Reuters
Civilians take cover behind a bar inside a shopping mall following an attack by masked gunmen in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Nichole Sobecki / AFP - Getty Images
A police officer holds a gun to provide cover for customers running out after gunmen stormed Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21, 2013. The midday attack on a crowded mall has killed as many as 15 people. Noor Khamis / Reuters
A woman who had been held hostage is escorted to safety after she was freed following a security operation at the shopping center on Sept. 21 Tony Karumba / AFP - Getty Images
People come out from hiding under a car next to bodies in a parking lot as police search for gunmen at the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
A police officer secures an area as civilians flee inside the Westgate shopping center on Sept. 21. Siegfried Modola / Reuters
Closed circuit television shows terrorists inside the Westgate mall. CCTV
A policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen stormed the mall on Sept. 21. The gunmen have taken at least seven hostages, police and security guards told an AFP reporter at the scene. Simon Maina / AFP - Getty Images
People, some injured, run for cover from the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Kabir Dhanji / EPA
A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate shopping center on Sept. 21. Stringer / Reuters
A woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police, seen behind, enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Jonathan Kalan / AP
An injured woman is helped to safety at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi on Sept. 21. Simon Maina / AFP - Getty Images
Police take cover outside the shopping center on Sept. 21. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
Paramedics help a victim outside the mall on Sept. 21. Noor Khamis / Reuters
An armed police officer searches the shopping center for gunmen on Sept. 21. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters
An injured man is wheeled into the Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi after masked attackers stormed a packed upscale shopping mall on Sept. 21. Hoss Njuguna / AFP - Getty Images
People run from the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, after gunmen staged an attack on Sept. 21. Jason Straziuso / AP