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Four Americans Injured in Kenyan Mall Attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says four American citizens have been reported injured in the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.
Kenyan officials say the assault by Somali militants on Nairobi's top shopping mall killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 150 others.
In a statement Saturday, a State Department official said consular officers have been in contact with the four injured Americans and have been providing appropriate assistance.
In a separate statement, a White House spokeswoman says some staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya have been "tragically affected" by the attack. No other information has been released.
The spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Caitlin Hayden, says the U.S. has offered its full support to the Kenyan government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Associated Press journalists at the scene of a hostage standoff say a barrage of gunfire erupted from the upscale Kenyan mall Sunday morning.
Moments later two wounded Kenyan security forces were carried out of the Westlands shopping mall.
Kenyan authorities said Islamic extremist attackers held an unknown number of hostages in the Nairobi shopping center, after killing at least 39 and injuring 150 on Saturday.
Somalia's radical rebel group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack in which they specifically targeted non-Muslims.
After assaulting the mall Saturday afternoon, the attackers were surrounded by a combined police and military force throughout the night.
Kenyans and foreigners were among those confirmed dead, including French and Canadians.
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