Nairobi - Heavy and rapid bursts of gunfire were heard
coming from inside Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall at dawn on Monday, an AFP
correspondent at the scene said.
A Kenyan security source said an assault against al
Qaeda-linked Somali gunmen inside the complex was under way.
The AFP correspondent said he heard about 15 minutes of
fierce gunfire which then subsided. An AFP photographer at the scene said
troops posted around the mall ducked for cover.
The photographer said it was "sounded as if the shots
were coming from somewhere around the mall, or were being fired from a vantage
point in the mall".
The Kenyan army had earlier said it had managed to isolate
the Islamist attackers, who stormed the complex at midday on Saturday, killing
at least 68 people and taking hostages. Around 200 people were also wounded.
The army had described the operation as "delicate"
because the gunmen were holding a number of hostages.
Shebab rebels said its fighters had carried out the attack
in retaliation for Kenya's military intervention in Somalia, where African
Union troops are battling the Islamists.