Kenya's President tonight announced that his country had 'ashamed and defeated' its attackers following the siege on a Nairobi mall that has left 61 civilians and six security officers dead.
Three floors of the Westgate shopping centre collapsed towards the end of the operation by security forces, five alleged terrorists have been killed and there were still at least three bodies in the rubble.
Uhuru Kenyatta - who also declared three days of national mourning - said: ‘Fellow Kenyans, we have been badly hurt and feel great pain and loss - but we have been brave, united and strong.’
He said there were 11 alleged terrorists now in custody, adding: ‘Kenya has stared down great evil and triumphed… We have shamed and defeated our attackers. That part of our task was completed.'
For clarity, Mr Kenyatta said the attack had left 240 casualties, including 61 dead civilians and six of his security forces, adding that five terrorists were killed and another 11 suspects are in custody.
Twitter feed purportedly registered to the Al Shabaab terror group claimed all the hostages had been strapped with explosives