Ghanaian poet Kofi Awnoor
Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor, who died in the attack on the Westgate Mall, Nairobi

Kenyan military forces have engaged in gun battles with the Islamic extremists holding an unknown number of hostages inside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, as the toll of dead and injured reached 59 people killed and at least 175 wounded. The dead include Africans, Europeans, Asians and North Americans. Details about some victims are just starting to emerge.


Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta says he shares the grief of the nation - his nephew and nephew's fiancee are among the dead.


Britain's Foreign Office said at least three UK nationals were killed in the attack and warned that the number of such fatalities is "likely to rise as further information becomes available". Prime Minister David Cameron described the terrorist assault as "a despicable attack of appalling brutality".


French President Francois Holland said two French women were killed.


One South African citizen was killed, said the country's International Relations Department.


Two Canadians - including a diplomat - died in the attack, according to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He paid tribute to the victims and noted the loss of diplomat Annemarie Desloges, who served in Canada's High Commission to Kenya as a liaison officer with the Canada Border Services Agency.


Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor died from injuries sustained in the attack, Ghana's presidential office said. In addition to his writings, Awoonor was a professor and a former ambassador to Brazil, Cuba and the United Nations. Awoonor's son was shot in the shoulder during the attack.


A 38-year-old Chinese woman was killed in the shopping mall "terror attack", the Chinese Embassy in Kenya said in a statement. Her son was injured and is in hospital in a stable condition, according to a statement posted on the embassy's website.


The wife of a foreign service national working for the US Agency for International Development was killed, and four American citizens were reported injured, said US officials.


Among the dead Indian nationals were Sridhar Natarajan, 40, and Parmashu Jain, an 8-year-old boy. Natarajan, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, worked in a local pharmaceutical company. Parmashu 's father is a bank manager of the local Bank of Baroda. Four more Indians were wounded.


Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said Sunday a 33-year-old Dutch woman died in the attack and that seven other Dutch citizens who were in the mall escaped unharmed. The victim's identity was not released.