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September 24, 2013
Kenyan president: Terrorists defeated

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's president proclaimed victory Tuesday over the terrorists who stormed a Nairobi mall, saying security forces had "ashamed and defeated our attackers" following a bloody four-day siege in which dozens of civilians were killed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the dead included 61 civilians whose bodies have been recovered so far and six security forces, while some 175 were injured, including 62 who remain hospitalized.

At the Westgate mall, there were no immediate signs of the Kenyan Security forces closing their operation.

Two Kenyan soldiers who had recently been inside the mall told The Associated Press shortly before the president spoke that the operation was effectively finished, but they said security forces were still combing the facility and had not definitively cleared all the rooms inside. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were under orders not to speak to the media.

Kenyan forces had for two days said they were in the "final phase" of the operation, only to be battled back by the militants inside the building.

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Ramesh Vaya, center, is comforted by family members after lighting the funeral pyre for his wife Malti, who was shot dead in the attack on the Westgate Mall, at her funeral at the Hindu Crematorium in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Ramesh and his brother both lost their wives in the attack. AP / Kate Holt
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A Kenyan soldier runs through a corridor on an upper floor, shortly before an explosion was heard, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Relatives of Johnny Mutinda Musango, 48, weep after identifying his body at the city morgue in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday Sept. 24 2013. Musango was one of the victims of the Westgate Mall hostage siege. Kenyan security forces were still combing the Mall on the fourth day of the siege by al-Qaida-linked terrorists. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyan security forces are seen at the entrance of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday Sept. 24 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyan security personnel and journalists duck behind a vehicle as heavy gunfire erupts from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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A Kenyan security officer takes cover as gunfire and explosions are heard from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenyan soldiers, one with a bandaged head, left, walk around the side of the Westgate Mall as large explosions and heavy gunfire are heard in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Medics take cover behind a large tree as gunfire and explosions are heard from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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A Kenyan police security officer takes cover as heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Kenya security forces are seen behind a wall outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Monday morning, Sept. 23, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Armed police from the General Service Unit take cover behind a wall during a bout of gunfire, outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Stephen, center, who lost his father in Saturday's attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is comforted by relatives as he waits for the post mortem exam at the city morgue Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. AP / Jerome Delay
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Paramedics run outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after heavy shooting started Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. AP / Sayyid Azim
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Trucks of soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces arrive after dawn outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Armed police leave after entering the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. AP / Jonathan Kalan
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Trucks of soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces arrive after dawn outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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Groups of onlookers gather on a road looking down over the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. AP / Ben Curtis
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A woman who had been hiding during the gun battle runs for cover after armed police, seen behind, enter the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. AP / Jonathan Kalan
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Civilians who had been hiding inside during the gun battle manage to flee from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. AP / Jonathan Kalan
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A body, left, lies outside the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday Sept. 21 2013, where shooting erupted when armed men attempted to rob a shop, according to police. AP / Sayyid Azim

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