Kenyan Defense Forces leave the near vicinity of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 23. (AP)
NAIROBI, KENYA — A Kenyan official says all terrorists died in a recent attack on a Kenyan mall, contrary to suggestions in a New York Police Department report that some of the attackers could have escaped.
Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the Sept. 21 attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi in which at least 67 people were killed.
Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir, a military spokesman, said Thursday that the bodies of the four attackers were burned beyond recognition and dismissed suggestions, attributed to a New York Police Department report released this week that some of the attackers could have escaped.
Chirchir says the NYPD report used secondary information. Western investigators, led by the FBI, have said it appears likely all four attackers died inside the mall.