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Britons die in mall terror attack
Three Britons have been killed in the Nairobi terror attack and the number is set to rise, the Foreign Office has said.
Kenyan security forces remained locked in a tense stand-off with gunmen at the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in the city.
Government officials said at least 59 people were confirmed dead and 175 others were wounded in the atrocity, while about 1,000 were rescued from the mall.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee and extra staff have been sent to Nairobi to provide support.
The next of kin of the dead British nationals have been informed, the Foreign Office said.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "It is an absolutely sickening and despicable attack of appalling brutality."
A Foreign Office spokesman said "The number of British Nationals confirmed as killed is likely to rise as further information becomes available."
UK staff from Addis Ababa in Ethopia had been sent to assist with the efforts in Nairobi and a rapid deployment team had been sent from London.
The spokesman said: "The Government's crisis committee met again earlier today, chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague. The Government has sent a rapid deployment team from London to Nairobi to provide further consular support. Staff from Addis Ababa have also been sent to Nairobi to assist.
"The UK High Commission in Nairobi has consular staff at the site and nearby hospitals."