Hostages freed in mall siege
- Published: 24 Sep 2013 at 03.49
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NAIROBI - All hostages are believed to have been evacuated from a Nairobi shopping mall and special Kenyan Forces are not encountering any resistance, a government spokesman said late Monday (Tuesday, Thailand time).
He said the three-day-long siege by Islamist gunmen, which has left at least 62 dead and up to 200 wounded, was nearing the end."We think that everyone, the hostages, have been evacuated but we don't want to take any chances," said government spokesman Manoah Esipisu. "The special forces are doing their job and yes, I think we are near the end.". Meanwhile, The Associated Press reportedt the attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya's capital has killed dozens of people, from Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas. Here are details about some of the victims..AUSTRALIA.Ross Langdon was an architect who worked in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, creating eco-lodges and socially sustainable tourism in ecologically sensitive locations.He was born in Tasmania, he said at a conference in Krakow last year, and his experiences living off the land as a child persuaded him it was better to try to adapt to one's environment than to attempt to change it _ to express sensitivity and respect. for the tradition of the communities in which he was working.`` I thought it might be better to be like a chameleon _ able to adapt and change and blend with our environment rather than conquer it,'' he said.The firm he co-founded, Regional Associates, an architecture and research consultancy, issued a statement expressing grief.`` Ross was living his dream, greatly contributing to the lives of people within highly disadvantaged communities and supporting habitat conservation for some of the world's most threatened species,'' the organization said on its website.The consultancy has offices in London, Australia, and Uganda. British media widely reported that Langdon was a dual national, though the Foreign Office did not identify British victims by name..THE NETHERLANDS.Langdon's partner, Elif Yavuz, 33, was expecting their first child in early October.A 2013 graduate of Harvard University's Department of Global Health and Population, she had completed her dissertation research on malaria in eastern Africa and was working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the university said in a note to faculty, staff and students.A statement from Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton said Yavuz had been working with the foundation as a senior vaccines researcher based in Tanzania.`` Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly,'' the Clintons said.Jessica Cohen, an assistant professor of global health at Harvard and a friend of Yavuz, remembered her as `` a deeply caring person and also an intellectually curious person.''.`` She was one of the most intelligent and full-of-life students I have met,'' Cohen said. `` Malaria is such a huge burden in the world that it is an area where you can make a difference. I think she really enjoyed applying what she learned from the research side to what she knew from field experience.''..PERU.Juan Ortiz-Iruri was a retired tropical disease specialist for UNICEF who had lived for 25 years in Africa, according to UNICEF and Peruvian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alejandro Neyra.His son, Ricardo Ortiz, told Radio RPP that he entered the mall accompanied by his daughter, a 13-year-old born in the US.`` The version from my sister is that sadly my father fell to the floor and showed no signs of life,'' Ortiz said. He said his sister suffered a hand injury, but is out of danger.Ortiz-Iruri had worked in Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Liberia..GHANA.Kofi Awoonor, a Ghanaian poet, professor and former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations, died after being wounded in the attack, Ghana's presidential office confirmed. Ghana's ministry of information said Awoonor's son was injured and is responding to treatment.Awoonor's work drew its inspiration from the traditions of his native Ewe tribe. Ghana's poetry foundation said on its website that Awoonor went into exile after Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah, was driven out in a coup in 1966. He studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his dissertation was later published as `` The Breast of the Earth: A survey of the History Culture and Literature of Africa...
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