Another arrest made in deadly Kenyan mall attack

Another arrest made in deadly Kenyan mall attack

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Smoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants inside an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall in a final push to end a siege that has left 43 dead and 200 wounded with an unknown number of hostages still being held. Somalia's Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels said the carnage at the part Israeli-owned complex mall was in retaliation for Kenya's military intervention in Somalia, where African Union troops are battling the Islamists. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 29 at 2:05 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's security services made another arrest Sunday in connection with the deadly Westgate mall attack, a top official said, but declined to say how authorities believe the person was involved in the siege.

Kenya has arrested 12 people since the attack but three have been freed, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said during a press conference. He declined to say if any of those arrested had been in the mall during the attack.

Investigators have also identified a car used by the gunmen, from the Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab, and found in it "an assortment of illegal weapons," said Lenku.

The four-day siege, which included the collapse of part of the mall, left 67 people dead, according to officials. The Red Cross says 59 people remain missing, though the government puts that number at zero.

Kenyans have become increasingly frustrated over the government's unwillingness to share information about the attack. Almost no details have been released about what happened after the first hours of the siege.

"We ask you to bear with us," he said, of the government's unwillingness to share information.

While the mall was a chaotic scene for many hours after the attack began, with people moving in and out of the upscale shopping center, Lenku insisted no terrorists could have escaped.

"Our forces sealed off every point of exit," he said. "It was completely secured."

Earlier Sunday, about 200 Kenyan Muslims held a rally near the mall to remember the dead and call for peace.

"We condemn the terror attack on Westgate Mall," said one sign. "One Country. One People. One Love. Kenya Asia Muslims," said another.

Many of those at the rally were from Kenya's "Asian" community, the descendants of people who came from colonial India — what is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh — to work in Kenya more than a century ago.

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