The militants didn't respond to efforts to negotiate. The president further said that the Al-Shabaab militants ended up regrouping to one corner of the mall, setting a fire.
Six security officers, at least five terrorists and at least 61 civilians are reported dead in the attacks, in addition to some 175 injured. The president promised "full accountability" for the "mindless destruction, deaths, pain, loss and suffering we have all undergone" in a nationally televised speech. "These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons wherever they are," Kenyatta vowed.
We'll continue to update more information on Kenya mall attacks.