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September 24th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Kenya Mall Massacre Enters Day Four

Kenyan authorities vow the end is near as the nation enters the fourth day of a terror attack that shook it to the core, CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

The Kenyan government now says it has regained control of the Westgate Mall, but it's still unclear if all of the hostages have been freed after a three-day standoff with Islamist militants.

This morning, we're learning more about the attackers who launched the deadly siege.  Three have been killed but the exact number of gunmen that remain inside is still unknown.

Kenya's foreign minister told "PBS' Newshour" that two or three of the militants are young Americans who appeared to be of Somali or Arab origin.  The state department is looking into these reports.

For more on this developing story, visit CNN.com 

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September 23rd, 2013
09:53 AM ET

Kenyan Forces Claim Control Of Mall

Kenyan forces assault terrorists in Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall on Monday afternoon, killing two and claiming to take control of all floors of the building despite sporadic gunfire and the continued presence of the attackers inside.

The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab has taken credit for the attack, which is in its third day,  as retribution for the government sending  Kenyan troops to Somalia to help fight insurgents.

CNN's Nic Robertson gives more background on the terror organization.

Robertson reports their full name is Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen.

Perhaps Shabaab's most well recognized recruit is  American Omar Shafik Hammami from Alabama, known also as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki.

Hammami was killed recently in infighting but the organization boasts it has other American recruits.

As far back as 2010, British security chiefs have been warning about Al-Shabaab's threat beyond Somalia's border. In September of that year, Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, warned "It is only a matter of time before we see terrorism on our streets inspired by those who are today fighting alongside Al-Shabaab."

Now this group loosely controls swaths of southern Somalia all the way to the Kenyan border and they vow attacks inside Kenya.

For updates on this breaking story, visit CNN.com

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