Pics – Kenya mall attack: how it unfolded

Warning: Scenes of death or injury

Gunmen stormed an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday (September 21 2013), killing almost 70 people, including one South African.
Above: Construction workers run following a shoot-out between armed men and the police at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
An injured woman cries for help. Capetonian businessman James Thomas (57), who was in Kenya for business, is among those killed in the attack. Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
The assault erupted when 10 to 15 extremists stormed the mall on Saturday from two sides, throwing grenades and firing on civilians. Above: Relatives stand next to dead bodies of victims. Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
A Kenyan military spokesperson said the fate of hostages inside the mall besieged by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists was not clear despite earlier statements that ‘most’ hostages had been rescued. Picture: Siegfried Modola/Reuters
Loud exchanges of gunfire rang out from inside the four-storey mall on Sunday. Above: People run for cover as the stand-off continues into the night. Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) arrive at the mall. Officials said the siege would soon end. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to hunt down the terrorists behind the attack. He said: ‘We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to. We shall get them. We shall punish them for this heinous crime.’ Kenyatta said his nephew and nephew’s fiancée were among those killed. Picture: Stringer/Reuters
Relatives and Muslim faithful bury the slain body of Rehmad Mehbub (18), who was killed in the crossfire. Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
A Kenyan police officer secures the road past the mall. International relations and cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said: ‘The South African government condemns the terrorist attack in Kenya in which a number of civilians, including a South African national were killed.’ Picture: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

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