JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Gunfire rang out at the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, as a government official reported 59 dead and 175 wounded in the previous day's terror attack.
As the siege continued, the gunmen continued to hold an unknown number of hostages, according to officials, while other civilians were believed to be hiding in the building.
But there were fears the death toll could mount sharply after the Kenyan Red Cross Society announced Sunday that 49 people were missing and unaccounted for. The estimate was based on interviews with relatives of those believed still inside the building.
"The priority is to save as many lives as possible," said Joseph Lenku, Cabinet secretary at the Interior Ministry, at a news conference Sunday.