Kenya Red Cross says death toll rises to 68
Published: September 22, 2013 12:41PM
Updated: September 23, 2013 08:38AM
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Kenya security personnel move to their positions as others stand guard outside a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Kenya authorities said Islamic extremist attackers remain inside the upscale Kenyan shopping mall, holding an unknown number of hostages, after killing at least 39 and injuring 150 during the Saturday's attack. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

NAIROBI, Kenya • Kenya’s Red Cross says the death toll from the militant attack on an upscale mall in the country’s capital has risen to 68.

In a statement Sunday the Red Cross said nine more bodies were recovered in a joint rescue mission. Officials say more than 175 people were wounded in the attack.

Gunmen used grenades and assault rifles in Saturday’s attack at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An estimated 10 to 15 militants remain in the shopping mall holding an unknown number of captives. The Kenyan military has entered the four-story mall and there have been sporadic gun battles. Some Kenyan military were seen carrying in at least two rocket propelled grenades. Earlier military helicopters hovered over the mall.