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THE HAGUE---Lawyers for Kenya's
deputy president sought an urgent ad-
journment yesterday in his trial at the
International Criminal Court so he can
return home to help deal with the fall-
out from the deadly shopping mall at-
tack in Nairobi.
The motion underscores the difficul-
ties for Deputy President William Ruto
in attending the trial in The Hague while
trying to help run his country.
Ruto's lead attorney, Karim Khan, said
the court is expected to debate his re-
quest early today.
"Mr Ruto, as the serving deputy pres-
ident of Kenya, is required to return to
Kenya to discharge his ordinary consti-
tutional duties which include participat-
ing in security briefings and
consultations and involvement in other
ongoing and very sensitive national se-
curity investigations," Khan's motion
Ruto, whose trial started earlier this
month in The Hague, has pleaded not
guilty to charges of orchestrating vio-
lence in the aftermath of Kenya's 2007
elections. He is the first such high-rank-
ing elected government leader to go on
trial at the International Criminal Court.
Kenya deputy president seeks trial adjournment
NAIROBI---A large explosion rocked the
Kenyan mall where Islamic extremists are
holding hostages a day after attacking the
upscale shopping centre and killing 59 peo-
Associated Press journalists at the Westgate
mall said the explosion yesterday afternoon
was by far the largest in the 30-hour siege.
There big blast was followed by silence.
An estimated ten to 15 militant attackers
are in the shopping mall holding an unknown
number of captives, said Kenyan officials.
The Kenyan military has gone into the four-
story mall and there have been sporadic gun
battles. Kenyan troops were seen carrying
in at least two rocket propelled grenades.
Earlier military helicopters hovered over the
Earlier yesterday Kenyan army helicopters
hovered over the mall.
There are fears of a protracted standoff in
which the terrorists use the captives as pawns.
Kenyan security officials didn t---or
couldn t---say how many people were being
held captive by the terrorists. Kenya s Red
Cross said in a statement citing police that
49 people had been reported missing. Offi-
cials did not make an explicit link but that
number could form the basis of the number
of people held captive.
Somalia s al-Qaida-linked rebel group, al-
Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack
in which they used grenades and assault
rifles and specifically targeted non-Muslims.
The attackers included some women. The
Islamic extremist rebels said the attack was
retribution for Kenyan forces 2011 push into
Al-Shabab said on its new Twitter feed---
after its previous one was shut down on Sat-
urday---that Kenyan officials were asking the
hostage-takers to negotiate and offering
"We ll not negotiate with the Kenyan govt
as long as its forces are invading our country,
so reap the bitter fruits of your harvest," al-
Shabab said in a tweet.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reiter-
ated his government s determination to con-
tinue fighting al-Shabab.
"We went as a nation into Somalia to help
stabilise the country and most importantly
to fight terror that had been unleashed on
Kenya and the world," said Kenyatta."We
shall not relent on the war on terror."
He said although this violent attack had
succeeded, the Kenyan security forces had
"neutralised" many others.
Earlier in the day Kenyatta said he his
nephew and his nephew s fiance were killed
in the attack.
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odin-
ga told reporters at the mall that a number
of people were being held hostage on the
third floor and the basement area of the
mall, which includes stores for Nike, Adidas
and Bose stores.
Kenyan security officials sought to reassure
the families of hostages inside but implied
that hostages could be killed. The security
operation is "delicate" because Kenyan forces
hoped to ensure the hostages are evacuated
safely, said Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph
"The priority is to save as many lives as
possible," Lenku said, adding that more than
1,000 people escaped the attack inside the
mall on Saturday.
"We have received a lot of messages from
friendly countries, but for now it remains
our operation," Lenku said.
More than 175 people were injured in the
attack, Lenku said, including many children.
Kenyan forces were in control of the mall s
security cameras, he said.
Westgate Mall is at least partially owned
by Israelis, and reports circulated that Israeli
commandos were on the ground to assist in
the response. Four restaurants inside the
mall are Israeli-run or owned.
In Israel, a senior defense official said there
were no Israeli forces participating in an
assault, but the official said it was possible
that Israeli advisers were providing assistance.
The official, speaking on condition of
anonymity because he was discussing a clas-
sified military issue, would not elaborate.
Gun battles at Kenya mall
Armed police leave after entering the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. AP PHOTO
JOHANNESBURG---A look at the major
terror attacks in East Africa, outside of
September 21: Gunmen use grenades
and assault rifles to attack an upscale mall
in Kenya s capital, killing at least 59 people
and wounding 175. Al-Shabab claimed
responsibility for the terror attack that tar-
October 2011-March 2013: Al-Shabab
and the group s sympathisers staged many
attacks in Kenya that killed more than 60
people in retaliation for the Kenyan gov-
ernment s decision in October 2011 to send
troops into Somalia to battle the rebels. The
Kenyan government sent troops into Somalia
after al-Shabab staged several cross-border
attacks and kidnapped foreign tourists in
July 11, 2010: Militants from al-Shabab
detonated near-simultaneous blasts in Ugan-
da s capital at sites where crowds were
watching the World Cup soccer final on
large TV screens, killing about 76 people.
Al-Shabab said the attacks were in retaliation
for Uganda s decision to send troops to
Somalia to fight the extremist insurgents.
November 28, 2002: Militants bombed
an Israeli-owned luxury hotel near Mom-
basa, Kenya, killing 13 people. Minutes before
the blast, assailants fired two missiles at an
Israeli airliner taking off from Mombasa s
airport, but narrowly missed the aircraft.
August 7, 1998: Al-Qaida bombed Unit-
ed States diplomatic missions in Kenya and
Tanzania. The attacks killed 224 people in
total, mostly Kenyans, but also 12 Americans.
About a dozen of those killed died in Tan-
Victims of mall attack
LONDON---The attack on the upscale West-
gate Mall in Kenya's capital has killed 59 people
and wounded at least 175. The dead include
Africans, Europeans, Asians and North Ameri-
cans. Here are details about some of the vic-
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta says he
shares the grief of the nation---his nephew and
nephew's fiancee are among the dead.
Two Indians were killed and four wounded in
the attack, said Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman
for India's External Affairs Ministry. He identi-
fied that dead as 8-year-old Parmashu Jain and
40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan.
Britain's Foreign Office said at least three U.K.
nationals were killed in the attack and warned
that the number of such fatalities is "likely to
rise as further information becomes available."
French President Francois Holland said two
French women were killed.
One South African citizen was killed, said the
country's International Relations Department.
Two Canadians---including a diplomat---died in
the attack, according to Canadian Prime Minis-
ter Stephen Harper. He paid tribute to the vic-
tims and noted the loss of diplomat Annemarie
Desloges, who served in Canada's High Com-
mission to Kenya as a liaison officer with the
Canada Border Services Agency.
Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor died after being
injured in the attack, Ghana's presidential office
said. In addition to his writings, Awoonor was a
professor and served as an ambassador in
Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans
said Sunday a 33-year-old Dutch woman died in
the attack and that seven other Dutch citizens
who were in the mall escaped unharmed. The
victim's identity was not released.
A 38-year-old Chinese woman was killed in
the shopping mall "terror attack," the Chinese
Embassy in Kenya said in a statement. Her son
was injured and hospitalized in stable condition,
according to the statement posted on the em-
USThe wife of a foreign service national working
for the US Agency for International Develop-
ment was killed, and four American citizens
were reported injured, said US officials. (AP)
Major terror attacks in East Africa
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