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State Dept: 4 US citizens injured in Kenya attack

10:48 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
A woman who had been held hostage is carried in shock by rescue personnel on September 21, 2013, after she was freed following a security operation at an upmarket shopping mall in Nairobi where suspected terrorrists engaged Kenyan security forces in a drawn out gun fight. Some 20 people have been killed and about 50 wounded Saturday in the initial attack by the gunmen the Kenya Red Cross said. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says four American citizens have been reported injured in the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.

Kenyan officials say the assault by Somali militants on Nairobi's top shopping mall killed at least 39 people and wounded more than 150 others.

In a statement Saturday, a State Department official said consular officers have been in contact with the four injured Americans and have been providing appropriate assistance.

In a separate statement, a White House spokeswoman says some staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kenya have been "tragically affected" by the attack. No other information has been released.

The spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Caitlin Hayden, says the U.S. has offered its full support to the Kenyan government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Associated Press

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