Kenya has begun three days of national mourning following the end of an attack by militants on Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation on Tuesday following the end of the four-day siege by Islamist militants .He then announced that there would be three days of mourning.
“We have shamed and defeated our attackers. That part of our task is completed,” President Kenyatta said. “Our losses are immense,” Kenyatta added.
The Kenyan president said five attackers had been shot dead and eleven suspects had been taken into custody.
The president announced Kenya would honor the memories of the “innocent, harmless victims” with three days of mourning, starting on Wednesday.
Mr. Kenyatta praised his countrymen for their courage in the face of the country’s worst terrorist incident in over a decade and for showing warmth and generosity toward the victims and victims’ families.
“Fellow Kenyans, we have been badly hurt…but we have been brave, united and strong. Kenya has stared down evil and triumphed…we have not been shaken,” he said, adding, “Our country is safe.”