One S. Korean among dozens killed in Kenyan hostage standoff

NAIROBI/SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean woman was killed in a shooting rampage at an upscale Nairobi shopping mall, according to multiple sources in Kenya on Sunday, as Islamist rebels are facing off with local authorities for a second day.

Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group on Saturday stormed the Westgate complex in an attack that killed at least 39 people and wounded 150 more, while an unknown number of hostages are still trapped inside the mall, according to local authorities.

Most of the casualties are Kenyan, but the Israeli-owned mall is popular with expatriates and foreign nationals, with the Korean victim among those killed.

The Korean woman in her 40s was fatally wounded from gunshot wounds and shrapnel from a grenade. She died during treatment at a local hospital on Sunday, according to sources.

Her husband, a British citizen, has received surgery for a gunshot wound at a nearby hospital and is currently in stable condition, they noted.

The couple, who were married five years ago, recently moved to Nairobi from Dubai, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

"The ministry is trying to figure out whether there are additional Korean victims," the ministry said in a statement.

Al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the carnage and vowed not to negotiate with Kenyan authorities, according to media reports.

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