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UW students in Kenya avoid terror attack

Published On: Sep 23 2013 11:33:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 23 2013 11:34:01 AM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

Three University of Wisconsin students working in Kenya are accounted for and safe after a terrorist attack at a shopping mall, according to campus officials.

The Kenyan Red Cross said that 62 people had died since the Saturday attack by gunmen from the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall.

Dark smoke that rose from the building after Monday's assault was from fires set by the gunmen to distract forces from the assault, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said at a news briefing.

The Interior Ministry told CNN that authorities had arrested "around four" people on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

The terrorist attack began at midday Saturday, Nairobi time, with an estimated 10 to 15 gunmen. A youth cooking competition was taking place in part of the mall at the time. Two attackers were killed Saturday.

Witnesses said the gunmen went from store to store, shooting people, and then took hostages.

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