A policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, killing at least 22 and wounding 50. PHOTO BY SIMON MAINA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES.
 A policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, killing at least 22 and wounding 50. PHOTO BY SIMON MAINA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES.
A policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, killing at least 22 and wounding 500. PHOTO BY SIMON MAINA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES.

The Red Cross Society in Kenya says more than 30 people have been killed and more than 500 injured in the Westgate Mall hostage situation.

Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre
Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre

The Kenyan Military have also joined the operation to try and rescue more people, reported to be held hostage inside the mall.

A woman is carried to safety on Saturday after masked gunmen stormed a mall and shot at shoppers and staff in Nairobi, Kenya. Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
A woman is carried to safety on Saturday after masked gunmen stormed a mall and shot at shoppers and staff in Nairobi, Kenya. Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Masked gunmen, dressed in black from head to toe, stormed the shopping center earlier today and it’s not yet if they are robbers or terrorists.

A woman is carried to an ambulance in a shopping trolley by centre staff
A woman is carried to an ambulance in a shopping trolley by centre staff

Security forces remain deployed at the scene and a military chopper is also on stand by at the mall.

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Armed police search Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi for the last remaining gunmen

Many victims have been rescued and rushed to several hospitals in Nairobi. The Kenyan government has made an appeal for blood donation to save the hundreds injured.

Terrified and injured people poured out of the shopping centre over the course of an hour
Terrified and injured people poured out of the shopping centre over the course of an hour

The Westgate shopping centre is popular with expatriates and foreign diplomats.

A injured child is wheeled away on a shopping trolley outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
A injured child is wheeled away on a shopping trolley outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Many of those running from the mall clutched small children. Others were crying. Mall guards used shopping carts to wheel out wounded children.

A wounded woman is helped to safety after masked gunmen stormed a mall Sept. 21, 2013, in Nairobi.(Photo: Simon Maina, AFP/Getty Images)
A wounded woman is helped to safety after masked gunmen stormed a mall Sept. 21, 2013, in Nairobi.(Photo: Simon Maina, AFP/Getty Images)

Police did not say what group was responsible for the attack.

Crowds gather outside an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where shooting erupted when armed men staged an attack.
Crowds gather outside an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where shooting erupted when armed men staged an attack.

Somali’s rebel group al-Shabab vowed in late 2011 to carry out a large-scale attack in Nairobi in retaliation for Kenya’s sending of troops into Somalia to fight the Islamic insurgents.

People run from the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21 2013.
People run from the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sept. 21 2013.
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  • henrie

    Very sad such barbaric acts should be condemned in the strongest terms possible, RIP to those who have lost lives.

  • joram

    strong investigations should be made to find out who did this & dealt wiz accordingly.RIP to those dat lost their lives, victims be strong

  • Rodah

    May those involved in this hideous crime be arrested and brought to book,they relly do not deserve to live.We pray for those still trapped in the mall to come out safely.

  • ssesanga

    Very sad indeed.

  • Larry

    kenya security should wake up bse this is not the first time and posbly it may not be the last time, may God forgive them all.

  • tt

    This is a warning bell to all of the EAC member countries to be alert, Rwanda has been facing simple grende attacks and all countries haven been silent, so lets work together as EAC countries to stop these lupens of allah from taking our lives for breakfast. I think also double standards in an economy should be called to an end, I hear shopping mall for the reach, now what happened..!!??? even their wealth couldnt save them.
    God have mercy.

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