Nairobi - The militant group that attacked a Nairobi mall
and killed at least 62 people says it is still holding hostages alive inside
and that its fighters are "still holding their ground”.
The Twitter messages posted on Tuesday by the al-Qaeda-linked
rebel group al-Shabaab came after Kenyan government assurances of success in
the fourth-day of the standoff.
Al-Shabab says the hostages "are still alive,
looking quite disconcerted but, nevertheless, alive."
A security expert with contacts inside said on Monday
night there were at least 30 hostages when the assault began on Saturday and at
least 10 were believed to be still inside the upscale mall. Officials did not
give a figure, saying only that "most" hostages had been released.
Sporadic gunfire could be heard from the building on Tuesday
as government forces pressed on inside.