The day that shook Kenya’s world

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September 23, 2013 by leighnewlands

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“The feeling of danger was everywhere”

“They said, ‘What is the name of Muhammad’s mother?’ When he couldn’t answer they just shot him”

“They threw grenades like throwing maize at chicken”

People scramble for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi

I’m still at awe with the events uncovering themselves every hour in Nairobi. On Saturday, the 21st of September at 11:30 in the morning, no one knew that their local hangout, a upmarket mall, was going to be the target of a terrorist attack that was to continue for the next three days.

The Westgate mall frequents mostly ex-patriots. The terrorist group behind these cowardly acts is that of Al-Shabab – no surprise a branch stemming from Al Qaeeda. What was worse is that while the gunmen were running through the mall, the group responsible also took to Twitter to explain why they were doing what they did.

Little girl runs to a Kenyan policeman

Little girl runs to a Kenyan policeman

What happened in Kenya was a senseless and cowardly act. It is still spine-chilling for me with my Dad travelling to Kenya for business regularly and also shopping at that mall.

It could’ve been anyone. Despite this act of terror, you can tell by Twitter that the Kenyans aren’t going to back down. You can see amongst these images, the heroism displayed not only by the police but by journalists and ordinary civilians.

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My thoughts are with the family and friends of those who fell victim. Actually, my heart is with Kenya at the moment. 69 killed so far, more than 170 injured and still about 30 taken hostage in the mall.

Cowards attacking the unarmed in the name of religion.

Follow the hashtag #Westgate for the most up to-date coverage and happenings in Nairobi.

Lx

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People hiding behind tables in the mall

People hiding behind tables in the mall

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