NAIROBI, KENYA (WKOW) – The militant group behind the four-day takeover of a Nairobi mall claims the Kenyan government used explosives to demolish the building and bury 137 hostages.
On Wednesday, a tweet from an account believed to be genuine, al-Shabab claimed that "having failed to defeat the mujahideen inside the mall, the Kenyan government disseminated chemical gases to end the siege."
Government spokesman Manoah Esipisu denied the claim and said that no chemical weapons were used and that the official civilian death toll remains above 60. Esipisu says three floors of the building collapsed after a fire started by the al-Shabab attackers caused the structure to weaken.
The Foreign Office has confirmed that a British man has been arrested in Kenya following the four-day siege at a mall.
On Wednesday, British officials say they are ready to provide assistance to the man and would provide any other details as to why he was arrested or his name, but he is believed to be in his 30s.
According to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, the man was arrested on Monday when he tried to board a flight from Nairobi to turkey. The newspaper reports that the man's face was bruised and he was acting suspicious.
A Kenyan official has said the terrorists who took over the upscale mall included a British man and several Americans but have provided no further details or evidence.