British death toll up as Kenya mall siege ends

KENYAN special forces said last night they had regained control of the Nairobi shopping mall where al-Qaeda linked militants killed at least 62 people.

Police said all hostages were believed to have been evacuated from the building last night, and they were combing the building looking for “anyone left behind”.

The British death toll has now risen to six, including Zahira Bawa, 41, and her nine-year-old daughter Jennah, from Leamington in Warwickshire, and 33-year-old architect Ross Langdon, who died alongside his heavily pregnant Dutch wife Eliv Yavus.

Yesterday US President Barack Obama said America stood with Kenyans against “this terrible outrage”. “We will provide them with whatever law enforcement support that is necessary. And we are confident that Kenya will continue to be a pillar of stability in Eastern Africa,” he said in New York.

Prime Minister David Cameron described the bloodshed as “a despicable attack of appalling brutality.” He cut short a visit to Balmoral to return to London and chair an emergency meeting.