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Militants claim 137 killed in Kenya mall attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The terrorist group behind the takeover of a Nairobi mall claimed Wednesday that the Kenyan government assault team carried out ‘‘a demolition’’ of the building, burying 137 hostages in rubble. A government spokesman denied the claim and said Kenyan forces were clearing all rooms, firing as they moved and encountering no one.

In a series of tweets from a Twitter account believed to be genuine, al-Shabab also said that ‘‘having failed to defeat the mujahideen inside the mall, the Kenyan govt disseminated chemical gases to end the siege.’’

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