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Six Britons killed in Kenya attack
Ross Langdon and his partner Elif Yavuz have been identified as two of the victims of a terrorist attack on a mall in Kenya (AP/AAP Image)
Up to six British nationals are now believed to have been killed in the terror attack on a shopping mall in Kenya, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said.
Mr Hammond spoke after leaving a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee in the Cabinet Office which was chaired by the Prime Minister. Writing on Twitter, Mr Cameron said: "I've just chaired a meeting of Cobra. Tragically the latest reports are that six British nationals have been killed in the Kenya terror attacks."
The Defence Secretary said officials were awaiting final confirmation on the sixth casualty but told reporters it was currently thought six Britons had been killed in the attack and that figure could rise further. Earlier estimates had placed the British death toll at four.
Mr Hammond said: "Our current best estimate is we now have six British nationals who have died in this incident. Of the additional two, one is confirmed and another one we believe to be a British national, and we are awaiting final confirmation, but we are pretty certain we now have six British nationals who have died. The total number of people dead we believe exceeds 60 and it is possible we will discover further British nationals once the building is fully secure."
When asked about reports that Britons may have been involved in the execution of the attack, Mr Hammond replied: "I've seen those reports but there's no evidence to support those claims."
Mr Hammond went on: "We have been in touch with the Kenyan authorities throughout... As the Prime Minister made clear, we have said we will provide them with any assistance which they request. We haven't yet been asked to provide any assistance beyond broad background advice."
Earlier, Kenyan police said three terrorists had been killed and others injured as security forces moved into the Westgate complex in an attempt to bring the three-day stand-off to an end. Eleven soldiers from the Kenyan Defence Force (KDF) were also wounded in the fighting.
The official Kenyan police Twitter feed reported that more than 200 civilians had been rescued as troops took control of all the floors of the mall.
The Kenyan authorities have said that 62 civilians have now been confirmed dead while 65 people were being treated in hospital. Responsibility for the attack as been claimed by al-Shabab - an Islamist group based in neighbouring Somalia with links to al Qaida.
Earlier, a Twitter account purporting to belong to an al-Shabab spokesman named a 24-year-old man from London as one of the gunmen. The Foreign Office had said it was investigating suggestions that British terrorist suspect Samantha Lewthwaite - known as the "White Widow" - who was married to one of the 7/7 bombers, was among the attackers.