Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says the four-day Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi has reached a conclusion.
Kenyatta added that during the "tail end" of the operation three floors of the mall collapsed, and that there are still a few bodies buried in the rubble.
According to the BBC, "Scotland Yard in London has confirmed that a team of officers has travelled to Nairobi to help with "post incident procedures" including gathering scientific evidence as well as supporting the work of British coroners."
While Kenyan officials were reporting that the siege was nearly over, a Twitter account connected with al-Shabab said its militants were still holding out in the Westgate Mall.
Kenyan Vice President William Ruto said Monday that security forces are nearing the end of flushing out attackers from the beleaguered shopping mall in Nairobi.
Police Inspector General David Kimaiyo tweeted encouraging updates to Kenyans that the end was close.
Attackers allegedly belonging to Somalian terrorist sect al-Shabab were also said to have been killed in the fighting today, with officials saying more than 10 suspects were arrested.
While there were reports that all hostages were freed, some journalists reported otherwise.
And though officials seemed confident the siege was nearing an end, they had sent similar tweets of an impending end on Sunday, with no resolution.
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