Kenya stand-off: Latest updates

Key points

  • A stand-off at the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is now into its second day. All times GMT.
  • Three British nationals are confirmed as being among at least 68 people killed in the attack by Somali militants of al-Shabab on Saturday.
  • At least 175 people were injured in the attack while more than 1,000 were brought out of the shopping centre safely.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron describes the incident as a "despicable attack" of "appalling brutality".
  • A number of hostages and an unknown number of attackers remain trapped inside as security forces try to end the siege.
  • The UK Foreign Office issues a phone number, +44 (0) 20 7008 0000, for British nationals to find out information about friends and relatives.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Ben Lowings 
  • Jane Onyanga-Omara 
  • Amber Dawson 
  • Rebecca Cafe 
  • Zoe Murphy 
  • Alex Morrison 
  • Anna Jones 

Last updated 23 September 2013

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Welcome to our live coverage of the standoff at the Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The centre came under attack on Saturday by Somali militants of al-Shabab resulting in the death of at least 39 people.

Officials say the gunmen have been cornered but that people are trapped in a number of locations. It is not known how many hostages are inside the upmarket centre.

Kenyan security forces are trying to bring an end to the siege.

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The BBC's Anne Soy says the night has been relatively quiet with sporadic shooting.

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Kenya police @PoliceKE has tweeted

"We urge the public to keep away from West Gate and its environs for their own safety. Kindly HEED this."

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Gunfire has been heard inside the Nairobi shopping centre, and two wounded Kenyan troops have been evacuated, a witness has told the AFP news agency.

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Afua Hirsch, West Africa Correspondent for the Guardian, has tweeted: "Also just heard tragic news that #Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor among the dead in #Westgate Mall attack #Kenya http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/09/22/senior-ghanaian-citizen-awoonor-killed-in-kenya-gun-attack/"

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Al-Shabab's Twitter account has been suspended.

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For a profile of al-Shabab, read our article here.

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‏@KenyaRedCross has tweeted: "Blood drive for #Westgate casualties currently underway at Kencom Nairobi bus stage."

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Westgate casualties being attended to

Casualties of the attack are being treated by Red Cross workers.