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Peruvian doctor among dead in Nairobi mall raid

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A Peruvian doctor was among the dozens killed when Somali militants stormed a shopping center in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, his government and family members said Sunday.

Juan Jesus Ortiz, a 63-year-old former senior official at the UN children's agency UNICEF, was at the Westgate mall with his 13-year-old daughter Juanita when the attackers struck.

Ortiz was hit by a burst of gunfire and died at the scene. Juanita was shot in the leg and hand and required surgery but is expected to survive, the doctor's son Ricardo Ortiz told Peru's RPP radio.

The Peruvian foreign ministry confirmed the death and said it was making arrangements to fly Ortiz's remains home.

Ortiz had worked for UNICEF around Africa for the past 15 years and was spending his last few weeks in Nairobi before moving to take up a university position in Britain, his family said.

At least 68 people of several nationalities are now known to have died in the assault on the mall since Saturday, when attackers shot their way in and took hostages.

Kenyan forces were still battling the attackers, Islamist militants from neighboring Somalia, late Sunday.

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