Police seek photos, info on Westgate mall attack

September 23, 2013 7:32 pm
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“I'm urging all those who may have witnessed happenings or taken graphic images @Westgate Mall to pass them to us on 0729-999988, urgently”/XINHUA
“I’m urging all those who may have witnessed happenings or taken graphic images @Westgate Mall to pass them to us on 0729-999988, urgently”/XINHUA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 – Kenyans who took graphic photos of the events that followed the Westgate mall terrorist attack on Saturday have been asked to forward them to the police +254 729 999 988.

Through his Tweeter account on Monday, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo asked individuals who also witnessed the incident to call the number and share their information.

“I’m urging all those who may have witnessed happenings or taken graphic images @Westgate Mall to pass them to us on 0729-999988, urgently,” Kimaiyo tweeted.

Kenyans have been sharing some of these gory images on social networks including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Among some of the photos being spread are some that show gunshot wounds on various victims as well as photos of dead bodies scattered in various areas.

At least 62 people lost their lives following the shocking attack at the plush mall.

Kenyans have also been asked to stop spreading alarming statements to each other with the government saying that it will only aggravate the situation.

“Do you know what happens when you speculate? You kill the Kenyan spirit, you give our attackers joy. We’re handling a delicate situation,” tweeted the Interior and Coordination of National Government Ministry under its @InteriorKE handle.

Meanwhile Kenyans of goodwill continue donating foodstuffs and toiletries to security agents, volunteers and journalists who have been camping at the scene for the past three days.

On Monday evening members of the Eastleigh Business community brought a truck load of the necessities to all individuals at Westgate, who are monitoring the situation.

“We have come here to give all the people here because of the work that they are doing. And we want to show them that they have our support,” said the Eastleigh Business Community Chairman Hassan Gullet.

A huge blast rocked the area a couple of minutes to 1pm followed by a large cloud of smoke. Although the fire was eventually put off, smoke could be seen smouldering several hours later.

At around 4pm, heavy gun fire went off at the mall and reports that followed indicated that some soldiers had been injured as a result and that some of the attackers had been arrested.

The government has however been silent since Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku addressed journalists at around 3pm.

It is still not clear what exactly is going on at the mall.

Two choppers have also been flying above the scene monitoring the situation.

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