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TODAY   |  September 25, 2013

Kenya enters day of mourning after mall siege

After days of suspense during the terrorist siege at Nairobi’s Westgate mall, the country is entering three days of mourning while investigators search for a cause and for the hundreds still missing inside. NBC’s Ron Allen reports.

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>> now to the situation in kenya where authorities began the gruesome task of recovering the bodies left behind after a four-day standoff at a shopping mall came to an end on tuesday. ron allen has the latest in nairobi. good morning.

>> good morning to you, savannah. we now know that three four of the mall collapsed. it's unclear how many bodies are buried under the rubble. we're hearing occasional gunfire but we're told that is kenyan soldiers firing into the air before they enter blind areas of the mall as they begin piecing together how all of this could have happened.

>> reporter: kenyan troops mopping up at the still smolderring westgate mall . this is some of the first horrifyi horrifying moments after it began. here a family including a child plays dead until help arrives. a bloody operation reportedly planned for months. sources say the militants stashed weapons inside the mall in advance. during the attack, more than a dozen heavily armed militants stormed the building using at least two entrances, opening fire and barricading themselves in a super market .

>> as a nation, our hand is bloodied but unbound.

>> reporter: five mill tanlts from al shabaab were killed and 11 others were in custody. he said nothing about the fate of the hostages. it's unclear how many escaped or died. as the nation begins four days of official mourning, burying the dead, caring for the wounded, searching for the missing. forensic experts from the u.s., u.k. and israel are insisting in the investigation. it's still unclear whether any americans were involved in carrying out this