JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A terrorist group holding hostages in a Nairobi shopping mall threatened to kill them, as heavy gunfire sounded in the Westgate mall early Monday in the Kenyan capital.
A spokesman for the Al Shabab terror group, Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, said the hostages would be killed if security forces attack.
"Israelis and Kenyan forces have tried to enter Westgate by force but they could not. The mujahedin will kill the hostages if the enemies use force," Rage said in an audio statement posted online.
Neither Rage nor Kenyan security forces have confirmed the number of hostages or their condition.
Kenyan military spokesman Cyrus Oguna told Reuters on Monday that very few people were being held hostage.
Ten to 15 terrorists are inside the mall, according to Kenyan authorities. Sixty-eight people died in the attack and 175 were injured, officials said.