State House: Rescue operation underway at Westgate Shopping Mall, Nairobi.
Kenya State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu has said rescue operation is underway with a few hostages rescued.
Reports from the scene say more bodies are being retrieved from mall and ferried away in a pick up as death toll rises to 20.
Police officers have now surrounded the building in an attempt to evacuate remaining shoppers.
Esipisu pointed out that it was too early to tell if the incident was a terrorist attack adding that no foreign agencies have been involved in the rescue operation.
The military marksmen have also joined the police in the rescue operation.
The members of the media have been barred from filming inside mall to enhance security.