NAIROBI, Kenya — Militants purporting to represent the terrorists who took over a Nairobi shopping mall claimed Tuesday that gunmen and their hostages were still alive, challenging Kenyan government accounts that the operation was all but over.
The interior minister said the security forces “continue to neutralize terrorist threat, troops now in mop up operations in the building.”
But a Twitter account purporting to represent the Somali terror group Shabab claimed Tuesday that the operation wasn’t over.
“The hostages who were being held by the Mujahideen inside #Westgate are still alive, looking quite disconcerted but, nevertheless, alive,” said a Twitter feed attributed to the group, which has claimed responsibility for the attack that has killed 62 people.
[Updated, 3:12 a.m. PDT Sept. 24: The Site Intelligence Group, which monitors international terrorist organizations, confirmed the authenticity of the Twitter account, Shabab’s sixth since the siege began. Previous accounts were suspended.]
Source: LA Times