NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — FBI agents are conducting fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis in Kenya today to help determine the identities and nationalities of the al-Shabab gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall and their victims.
The current death toll is 67, but is likely to climb with uncounted bodies remaining in the wreckage. Another 175 people were injured, including more than 60 who remain hospitalized.
At least 18 foreigners were among those killed. Al-Shabab calls them a "legitimate target" and, in an email exchange with The Associated Press, confirms witness accounts that gunmen separated Muslims from other people and let the Muslims go free.
Kenya's foreign minister has said that "two or three" American citizens may have been among the attackers, but a Western official says passport and refugee databases have provided no evidence so far that that was the case.
Meanwhile, a government official says it was Kenyan soldiers who created a gaping hole in the mall's roof. The official says the soldiers knocked out a support column with rocket-propelled grenades, as they tried to distract a terrorist sniper and evacuate hostages.
188-a-16-(Shami Allu (SHAH'-mee ah-LOO'), survivor of Nairobi mall attack, in AP interview)-"was human flesh"-Shami Allu Allu says she lay seriously wounded from shrapnel for several hours, trying to take cover from gunfire, when she realized she was surrounded by human body parts. (25 Sep 2013)
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187-a-15-(Shami Allu (SHAH'-mee ah-LOO'), survivor of Nairobi mall attack, in AP interview)-"within a corner"-Shami Allu says that when she was was racing with others to jump through an opening to safety, suddenly a grenade was thrown in their direction. (25 Sep 2013)
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163-a-14-(Manoah Esipisu (mah-NOH'-ah eh-sih-PEE'-soo), spokesman, Kenyan government, with reporters)-"evidence beneath it"-Kenyan government spokesman Manoah Esipisu says investigators will have a big task in clearing mall wreckage that, according to militants, contains many bodies. (25 Sep 2013)
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164-a-11-(Manoah Esipisu (mah-NOH'-ah eh-sih-PEE'-soo), spokesman, Kenyan government, with reporters)-"was a woman"-Kenyan government spokesman Manoah Esipisu says investigators will be able to confirm whether one of the attackers was female. (25 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO NAI101: In this photo released by the Kenya Defence Forces via the Kenyan Presidency, Government officials accompanied by armed security officers tour an outside upper level of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Working near bodies crushed by rubble in a bullet-scarred, scorched mall, FBI agents began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis Wednesday to help determine the identities and nationalities of victims and al-Shabab gunmen who attacked the shopping center, killing more than 60 people. (AP Photo/Kenya Defence Forces) (25 Sep 2013)
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