Police ignored me as I exposed Westgate terrorist – survivor

An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Kenyan woman coming out of an air vent where she was hiding during the attack/AFP

An image grab taken from AFP TV shows a Kenyan woman coming out of an air vent where she was hiding during the attack/AFP

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – A survivor of the Westgate terrorist attack has recounted how police ignored him when he pointed to them one of the gunmen who disguised himself as a victim.

The witness told how the gunman changed his clothes and mingled with other victims before he vanished in the crowd outside the mall.

“The man is of Arab origin, he changed his clothes on first floor and left with the victims as they were being rescued,” he said.

“When I saw him outside the building I told the police this is one of the gunmen but they did not heed to my plea but asked me to get out.”

The account raised fears most of the attackers may have escaped during the confusion, although some were detained or killed during the mayhem.

One of the gunmen who had earlier been detained in hospital succumbed to his bullet wounds.

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack saying on Twitter it was in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

“The Mujahideen entered #Westgate Mall today at around noon and are still inside the mall, fighting the #Kenyan Kuffar (infidels) inside their own turf,” the Islamist militants tweeted.

“What Kenyans are witnessing at #Westgate is retributive justice for crimes committed by their military,” the group said.

Masked gunmen stormed the teeming upmarket mall in Nairobi on Saturday, sprayed gunfire and killing around 30 people and injuring more than 60 others before holing themselves up in the complex with hostages.

The gunmen are said to have spoken in a foreign language, possibly Arabic or Somali.
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Kennedy is a Bachelor of Arts in Communication graduate from St. Paul's University and has been writing for the Capital FM Business Desk since 2013, Besides business news, he enjoys traveling, public speaking and singing

  • Jeff Odessey

    too much confusion

  • kamau Njoroge

    we need to secure our borders and clean the guns from our streets but first we need to get our of the hague. Time to act is now

    • FireMann

      Let the cases run their full courses.

    • Lucy

      Yes, you really talk sense ! you are right, time for everything is now

  • MajorT

    If true, Ujinga by police!!

    • Guest

      its true & you are the idiot. Kenyan regular police are not trained to handle such situations and at that moment there was too much confusion. Even before September 11, USA did not have Homeland Dept who have now become expert in fighting terrorism. Its unfortunate that when fighting terrorism, the terrorists are usually a step ahead. We hope now that this is a wake up call and terrorists hate us with they same vine they hate the Western Nations and we need to employ same measures as the West to beat them

      • jake lamont

        “Expert” in “fighting terrorism?” Been watching Fox news much? They are expert in framing and setting up hapless stooges so they can be arrested with great fanfare, thereby further ensuring funding for “homeland” “security.” They are expert in wasting resources on the wrong people. Sounds like Kenya is successfully brainwashing its people just like the US has done. Great, now your highly intelligent police will get all the money they need to control YOU.

        • Guest

          Yes America has gained expertise compared to pre Sep 11th atacks, even the Boston Marathon bombing (the latest terror attack) if FBI had bothered to share their intelligence broadly that would perhaps been avoided. You are the brain washed one. Please share the hapless stooges Fox has been able to expose to ensure further funding for Homeland Dept. I thought the conservatives (whose Fox is a very trustworthy mouth piece) actually opposed initially creation of Homeland Dept (in the name of a learner Govt) and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfield had to lobby the Congress hard and it was a Republican controlled Congress. You sound bitter, why? we don’t need our Police to control us, we need them to protect us, we need the anti terror police dept to gain further expertise. Still waiting on the hapless stooges fixed by Fox News

    • wn2007

      In Kenya, when you go to the police with information, they either ignore you or decide you are the crook – so, just keep info to yourself.

  • Ngoma

    Find the clothes, follow the scent; assuming the idiot has not left the country!

  • dibya

    take tough action