Kenyan police late Sunday struck to end a two-day terrorist attack at an upscale mall after the death toll rose to 68, with some 40 people believed trapped inside the complex while armed militants remained at large.
An explosion and new volleys of gunfire were heard as the sun set. Kenyan police said they had begun a final push aimed at ending the terrorist attack on the Westgate mall. But after the initial explosions the area quieted down and it was difficult to tell as the night wore on whether an operation was under way or not.
Helicopters circled the mall building through the night, and occasional explosions and bursts of gunfire were heard above a rainstorm in the area.
Kenyatta, who called for patience, said he had received “numerous offers of assistance from friendly countries” but that for now it remained a Kenyan operation. Kenyatta said a nephew and his fiancee were among those killed during the sometimes ferocious gun battles.