September 25th, 2013
02:26 PM ET

Three Days Of Mourning Begins In Kenya

The four-day standoff at the Westgate Mall in Kenya finally came to an end on Tuesday after Kenyan forces swept through the partially collapsed structure. Officials searched for victims, presumably buried beneath the rubble, and cleared each floor of attackers finding five of them dead. CNN's Arwa Damon reports. 

A senior government official says the fire the militants set on Monday was an escape attempt as the gunmen hoped to create a smokescreen as two of them drove out from the parking lot but were forced back in.

CNN has also learned that during the attack, the terrorists did not respond to negotiation efforts. A senior government official says they weren't interested in hostage taking, only killing.

The ordeal for Kenya is far from over.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said, "We have shamed and defeated our attackers...these cowards will meet justice as will their accomplices and patrons wherever they are."

He has declared  three days of national mourning starting today to honor the victims of the attack.

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