NAIROBI (Zimbabwe Investor) – Kenyan military personnel were on Monday preparing for a major assault to end the stand-off with Al-Shabab militants holding shoppers hostage inside Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
The siege which started on Saturday afternoon inside Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya had by Monday morning claimed 68 lives with more than 170 people injured. The number of the dead could be higher after reports emerged that there are multiple fatalities still inside the shopping centre.
Among the dead are Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nephew and his fiancée.
“They shall not get away with their despicable and beastly acts,” President Kenyatta said in an emotional speech to the nation. “We will punish the masterminds swiftly and indeed very painfully.”
Judges at the International Criminal Court have adjourned the trial of Kenyan vice president William Ruto for a week to allow him to return home and help deal with the hostage crisis.
Ruto and Mr Kenyatta face charges of crimes against humanity in relation to their role in coordinating a wave of violence that swept Kenya in the aftermath of the country’s contested 2007 elections.