At least 68 people were killed when Islamic militants from Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab group stormed into the Westgate Shopping Center in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday and opened fire. The stand off between the terrorists and the police and army has entered a third day. it is unclear how many gunmen and hostages are still inside the shopping center.
Update: We’ve added 10 photos of the rescue operation.

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Customers run following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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A journalist rescues a woman injured in a shootout between armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Rescuers attempt to evacuate a man injured in a shootout between armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Rescuers attempt to evacuate a man injured in a shootout between armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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A policeman takes up position during a shootout with armed men at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Customers evacuate following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Relatives stand next to dead bodies of victims killed when gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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A woman's body is seen in a shopping centre in Nairobi after a shoot spree. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Armed police search through a shopping centre for a gunman in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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An injured woman cries for help after gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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A close up shows the hand of a man killed when gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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People help injured victims next to dead bodies after a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi,. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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Armed police search customers inside a bathroom while combing through a shopping centre for gunmen in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Dead bodies lay covered on the ground at a parking lot after gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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A body is seen as an armed police searches through a shopping centre for gunmen in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Construction workers run following a shootout between unidentified armed men and the police at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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A policeman walks outside the evacuated Westgate shopping mall during a shootout with armed men in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Police officer holds a gun to provide cover for customers running out as a shooting took place at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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People come out from hiding under a car next to bodies as police search for gunmen in a shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Bodies are seen after a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Armed police search through a shopping centre for gunmen in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Terrified children wait by the body of a man after escaping from a shopping centre as police search for gunmen in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Security forces push an injured person in a shopping trolley from a shopping centre as police search for gunmen in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Injured people cry for help after gunmen went on a shooting spree in a shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Dead bodies are seen inside a car after a shooting spree by gunmen at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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People scramble for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Armed police guide a woman carrying a child to safety as they hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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A soldier walks past a body as people hug each other leaving Westgate shopping centre, after gunmen went on a shooting spree, in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Shoppers and shop assistants raise their hands as they are escorted to safety while armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Dead bodies lie at Westgate shopping centre, as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Soldiers and armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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A man is helped out of Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree, in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Civilians escape an area at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Security officers secure an area inside Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A mother and her children hide from gunmen at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A woman walks past the body of a man as she escapes Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Armed police search Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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A dead man lies at the entrance of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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People run for cover as the stand-off continues into the night at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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A Kenyan army soldier keeps guard in an armoured carrier vehicle, at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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Armed police guide a woman carrying a child to safety at Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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A wounded man sits in shock at a parking lot of Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Policemen search a man for weapons as he walked out of Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Volunteers at a hospital assist a man whose relative was killed in Saturday's attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Members of Indian community pay respects at cremation ceremony of victim killed during shopping mall shooting spree in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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A Kenyan soldier walks out of the main gate of Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Kenyan soldiers enter the main gate of Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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Onlookers stand along the road and look from a distance at Westgate Shopping Centre, where gunmen are holding hostages, in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A Kenyan policeman secures the road past the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Security officers take cover as they wait for developments, near Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Police officers take position during the ongoing military operation at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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Security officer takes cover following string of explosions from Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi during the third day of a stand-off between Kenyan security forces and gunmen inside the building. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Smoke rises over Westgate Shopping Centre after an explosion in Nairobi. GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS

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People and cars are turned back from a back street after a series of explosions and gun fire within the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. NOOR KHAMIS/REUTERS

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Smoke rises from the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi following a string of explosions during the third day of a stand-off between Kenyan security forces and gunmen inside the building. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Residents run away as policemen fired tear gas to disperse them, after an explosion at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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A soldier rides a horse near the Westgate shopping centre after an explosion in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

The Westgate Shopping Center Shootings In Kenya

Smoke rises from the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi following a string of explosions during the third day of a stand-off between Kenyan security forces and gunmen inside the building. STRINGER/REUTERS

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People run from tear gas as security officers disperse a crowd of onlookers near the security perimeter of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A KDF armoured military vehicle drives from the Westgate shopping centre after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi. THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

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A Kenyan soldier looks at members of the Somali community living in Nairobi, as they deliver food and drinks to soldiers and security personnel near the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A Kenyan soldier holds his rifle near the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. STRINGER/REUTERS

Sep 23, 2013