Somali Islamist militants threaten to kill Kenya hostages

Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:30am EDT
 
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MOGADISHU, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Somali Islamist group al Shabaab said hostages held by militants holed up in a Nairobi shopping mall would be killed if force was used, according to an audio statement carried by a website linked to the group.

"Israelis and Kenyan forces have tried to enter Westgate (mall) by force but they could not, the mujahideen (fighters) will kill the hostages if the enemies use force," Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab's spokesman said in clip posted on www.somalimemo.net.

Israeli advisers are helping Kenya with strategy to end the siege that began on Saturday, an Israeli security force said. There has been sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts from the mall.