Kenya President: It's Over, Mall Collapsed

5 terrorists, 6 soldiers, and 61 civilians killed
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 12:57 PM CDT
Kenya President: It's Over, Mall Collapsed
Kenyan soldiers run through a corridor on an upper floor, shortly after an explosion was heard, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The siege of the Westgate Mall is over, Kenya's president announced today, after a dramatic final sweep that ended with three floors of the building collapsing. In a televised address, Uhuru Kenyatta said that 11 suspected terrorists had been arrested, and five others killed, NBC News reports. He put the final death toll at 72, including 61 civilians, six security officers, and those five suspects. "Towards the tail end of the operation, three floors of the Westgate mall collapsed and there are several bodies in the rubble," he added, according to Reuters.

"We have shamed and defeated our attackers. That part of our task was completed," Kenyatta said, declaring three days of national mourning. Kenyatta's comments came as the International Criminal Court at the Hague rejected a request to delay his trial in light of the attack, the BBC reports. All day Kenyan security officials had claimed to have the situation under control, but just hours before he spoke, al-Shabab said it was still holding hostages, and that there were "countless dead bodies" in the mall. (More Uhuru Kenyatta stories.)

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