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Nairobi mall searched in body hunt
Investigators have begun combing through the wreckage of a Kenyan shopping mall where more than 70 people died in a four-day terrorist stand-off.
Officials have said the death toll could rise as more bodies are found in the rubble of the Nairobi mall, where three floors collapsed in the final stages of the siege.
A Scotland Yard team of forensic experts is in the Kenyan capital to assist with the inquiry, along with others from the United States and Israel.
Government spokesman Manoah Esipisu said there were known to be at least eight bodies of civilians buried in the debris of the Westgate complex and there could be a number of terrorists as well. "The mall is sealed off. It is a crime scene," he said. Interrogations are continuing of the 11 suspects held by the Kenyan authorities in connection with the attack.
The Foreign Office said a British national reportedly arrested at Jomo Kenyatta Airport on Monday as he tried to leave the country was not being linked to the attack. "Our understanding at this stage is that he is not connected to the recent terrorist incident," a spokesman said.
British authorities are understood to be trying to make contact with the man - said to be a 35-year-old of Somali origin - to establish whether he requires consular assistance.
Sporadic bursts of gunfire could still be heard from the mall although Mr Esipisu said the terrorist resistance was ended and the shooting was from Kenyan troops who were acting protectively . "During sanitisation, once you take control of the place, if you go to a room where you haven't visited before you shoot first to make sure you aren't walking into an ambush," he said. "But there hasn't been any gunfire from the terrorists for more than 36 hours."
President Uhuru Kenyatta declared on Tuesday night that the Islamist militants from the al Qaida-linked al Shabab group who carried out the attack had been "defeated" as he announced three days of national mourning. At least 61 civilians - including six British nationals - and six members of the Kenyan security forces are known to have died in the incident. The Kenyan authorities have said that five terrorists are also known to have died in the fighting.
Forensic experts are working to establish the identities of the militants amid suggestions that they could include a British woman and two or three American nationals.
There has been speculation that the woman could be British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, who was married to July 7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay. Dubbed the "White Widow", Lewthwaite is known to be in East Africa and is wanted by Kenyan police over alleged links to a terrorist cell that planned to bomb the country's coast.