Nairobi attack death toll 'may reach 130'
British man with 'bruised face' held at Nairobi airport as Kenyan president mourns 'immense losses'
AS KENYA begins three days of mourning for the victims of the Westgate mall attack, there are fears that the death toll may rise as high as 130.
The official toll sits at 67 today, including six Kenyan security officers and five al-Shabaab terrorists. But many bodies are believed to be trapped in rubble after three floors of the shopping centre collapsed following a blaze started by the Islamist militants.
Al-Shabaab claims its gunmen killed 137 hostages in the attack while Kenyan and Western government officials believe the final toll could range between 100 and 130, AP reports.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta admitted that the nation's "losses are immense", but claimed victory over the terrorists. "We have ashamed and defeated our attackers," he said. "Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed."
Six Britons are among the dead, says the Daily Telegraph, including a man named by hospital staff as Mohan Mistry. Five terrorists were killed and 11 arrested.
Here are some of the other key developments:
British man arrested at airport: The Foreign Office has confirmed that a British man was arrested at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta airport in the aftermath of the siege. The man, who has not been identified but is believed to be aged 35, was held as he tried to board a flight to Turkey, the Daily Mail reports. His face was "bruised" and he was acting suspiciously. The paper says Kenyan detectives are investigating reports that some of the terrorists may have escaped from the Westgate shopping centre by switching clothes with hostages.
No women involved in attack, says al-Shabaab: There has been widespread speculation that British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite was one of the attackers. However, al-Shabaab says there were no women in the group.
Attack has "strengthened" al-Shabaab, says analyst: The Somalia-based Islamist group will "emerge stronger and more unified" after the attack in Nairobi, according to terrorism analyst David Kilcullen. He told The Guardian that al-Shabaab's message is that it is "down, but not out" and while it is losing territory it is not losing supporters or recruits. ·