Kenya has "defeated" mall attackers - president

NAIROBI Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:40pm IST

1 of 2. Kenya Defence Forces soldiers take their position at the Westgate shopping centre, on the fourth day since militants stormed into the mall, in Nairobi September 24, 2013.

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that Kenya had defeated the militants who had attacked a Nairobi shopping mall and held out there for four days.

The raid killed at least 67 civilians and security personnel, with more bodies still to be recovered. Five militants were killed and 11 were now in custody, Kenyatta said.

"As a nation our head is bloodied but unbowed," he said in a televised address. "We have ashamed and defeated our attackers."

(Reporting by Richard Lough and James Macharia; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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