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UPDATE: UW-Madison students in Kenya are safe, as UW grad reports on the attacks

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MADISON (WKOW) - A spokesperson for UW-Madison Communications says three students studying abroad in Kenya this semester are safe and accounted for amid the terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall that has left at least 62 people dead.   

UW-Madison Spokesperson John Lucas says the students are in Nairobi through the International Academic Program offered by the University of Minnesota.  On Sunday, the University of Minnesota confirmed that all students on this program, as well the program staff, were OK.

UW-Madison is not releasing the names of the students at this time.

Meanwhile, a UW-Madison journalism graduate says the Kenyan military is still surrounding the Westgate Mall at this hour in an attempt to clear it of any remaining terrorists.

Jacob Kushner, a 2010 graduate of UW, is working as a freelance reporter in Nairobi.

"Kenyan authorities, this morning, said they had killed two militants, but there were believed to be more and they're just having a hard time because there are so many hiding spots within the shopping mall here," said Kushner in an interview with 27 News.

Kushner says the mall, and the area where its located, is very friendly to westerners.

"This was the nicest shopping mall in Nairobi, with large grocery stores, modern stores that you expect in a mall in Madison," said Kushner.

Greg Neumann is following the events in Kenya and will have more on the local impact of terrorist and will have more on 27 News at 6.

 

 

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