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Terrifying Images From A Terrorist Attack At The Westgate Mall In Kenya

Warning: Very graphic images. Sixty-two people have been killed and more than 175 injured in a terrorist attack on an upscale Nairobi mall by al-Shabab, a Somalian militant group.

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Women ran for safety while carrying children as armed police hunted gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre on Sept. 21.

Al-Shabab posted a statement on its official Twitter feed shortly after the attacks, saying the deaths were retribution for Kenya sending soldiers to Somalia. The group said the battlefield would now be in Kenya.

The U.S. State Department also said that Americans were allegedly hurt at the scene.

"We have reports of American citizens injured in the attack, and the U.S. Embassy is actively reaching out to provide assistance," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

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Kenyan soldiers joined an operation to flush out the gunmen. The mall is frequented by expatriates and wealthy Kenyans in the city's affluent Westlands neighborhood.

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

People with children ran for safety as armed police hunted the shooters. Sporadic gun shots could be heard hours after the assault started as soldiers surrounded the mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official confirmation.

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Emergency services carried a woman to an ambulance in the car park.

Witness Manish Turohit, who hid in a parking garage, said the gunmen carried AK-47s and wore vests with hand grenades on them.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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