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05/10/2013 11:34 BST | Updated 05/10/2013 11:54 BST

Kenya Mall Al-Shabab Terrorists Named As Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene And Umayr

Kenya has named four men believed to have carried out the brutal atrocity in the Nairobi shopping mall, where terrorists held hundreds hostage, and killed 67 people.

The men were named as Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan, Khattab al-Kene and Umayr. No word has been given on whether the men were killed when Kenya's military stormed the building.

Around 15 Al-Shabab terrorists were originally believed to have been involved altogether but it is now thought the number could be far fewer.

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A Kenyan takes photographs of the collapsed upper car park using his smartphone, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi

Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Maj Emmanuel Chirchir said in a statement to reporters: "I confirm these were the terrorists."

CCTV footage has been shown on Kenyan television, where the men are seen strolling casually through the mall with machine guns.

Maj Chirchir is quoted as calling al-Sudani an "experienced fighter" from Sudan, Nabhan a Kenyan of Arab origin and al-Kene a Somali linked to al-Shabab, according to Reuters.

A further 39 people are still missing, according to the Kenyan Red Cross.

Several men reportedly threw grenades into the Westgate Mall before opening fire indiscriminately around midday local time on September 21. The mall, which has Israeli ownership and boasts many Western brands, including Nike and Bose, was holding a children’s day event at the time.

Kenya has seen a rise in terror attacks and threats in recent years, some of which are believed to be in retaliation for a military crackdown on the Somali-based al-Shabab, which vowed to retaliate with a large-scale attack on Nairobi.

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