Attack on Nairobi mall kills 10 people

JASON STRAZIUSO
Associated Press
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Two women hug outside an upscale shopping mall, seen background left , in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday Sept. 21 2013, after shooting erupted when armed men attempted to rob a store. Bursts of gunfire were heard from outside the mall Saturday, where cars were left abandoned. Witnesses say a half dozen grenades also went off along with lobbies of gunfire that started at midday. Police say they are engaging the attackers. (AP Photo/ Jason Straziuso)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen threw grenades and opened fire inside Nairobi's most upscale mall, killing about 10 people and wounding dozens.

Associated Press reporters said Saturday they saw about 10 dead bodies more than two hours after the attack began at the Westgate shopping center. Officials did not give an official death toll.

Nairobi police chief Benson Kibue said this was a terrorist attack and that there are likely no more than 10 terrorists involved, as gunfire continues to be exchanged.

Manish Turohit, 18, says he saw gunmen with AK-47s and vests with hand grenades on them inside the mall. He escaped after hiding in the parking garage for two hours.

A group of people remain in hiding inside the mall.