Nairobi Mall Shooting In Pictures: Siege Continues As Death Toll Climbs To 59 And 175 Wounded [PHOTOS]

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on September 22 2013 12:55 PM
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A brutal terrorist attack in an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi Saturday left scores dead or wounded, and the seige was still going on at the time of this writing. An estimated 10 to 15 al-Shabab gunmen entered the Westgate shopping mall around noon local time as a children’s day event was going on. The gunmen threw grenades and fired automatic weapons, allegedly targeting non-Muslims specifically, according to CBS News. Firefights between the gunmen and police occurred throughout Saturday, with the death toll rising to 59 and at least 175 wounded.

Firefights continued into Sunday with Kenyan military forces engaging the gunmen.

Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the Somali al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremist group.

Meanwhile, 30 hostages still remain in the mall as the siege continues, according to CNN.

Take a closer look into the ongoing conflict through the photos below.

Warning: The content below is graphic. Discretion is advised.

Nairobi Mall Shooting

A policeman takes up position during a shootout with armed men at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi Reuters

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A close up shows the hand of a man killed when gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi Reuterse

Nairobi Mall Shooting aftermath

Bodies are seen after a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting Injured

People help injured victims next to dead bodies after a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Reuters

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Dead bodies are seen inside a car after a shooting spree by gunmen at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting

Police take cover outside Westgate shopping centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting child

A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting Crawling

People scramble for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting police

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

Nairobi Mall Shooting Evac

An armed security officer assists civilians escaping from the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree, in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting Photos

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

Kenya Defense Force

A soldier from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) holds his gun as he arrives at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Mall Shooting Military

Soldiers and armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi Reuters

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Armed police search Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi mall evacuation

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 Reuters

Nairobi Man shopping shooting

A wounded man sits in shock at a parking lot of Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. Reuters

Nairobi shooting searching

Policemen search a man for weapons as he walked out of Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi Blood Donations

Public donates blood at a temporary donation centre for victims of a shopping mall shooting spree in Nairobi Reuters

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The body of a victim killed at a shopping mall shooting spree is cremated in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi mall shooting body

Relatives and Muslim faithful carry body of a victim killed in a crossfire at the Westgate shopping mall, in Nairobi Reuters

Nairobi mall shooting aftermath

Mourners bury the slain body of victim killed at a shopping mall shooting spree in Nairobi Reuters

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