After a chaotic four days and much back-and-forth between both sides in public, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege at the Westage mall is over. Five of the al-Shabab terrorists are dead, he said, and eleven suspects are in custody, while at least 61 civilians and six soldiers were killed in the attack. “We have ashamed and defeated our attackers,” said Kenyatta. “Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed.”
“These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are,” he said. “Kenya endured. Kenya endures.” Starting tomorrow, the country will observe three days of national mourning.