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Kenyan mall rescuer reveals harrowing details of attack

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 - 01:33

Sept. 27 - Nearly a week after a deadly attack in Kenya by an Islamist group, harrowing details have surfaced from civilians who stormed the mall to help survivors. Nathan Frandino reports.

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When gunmen stormed Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last week, a group of security officers and armed civilians volunteered to go in and rescue as many people as possible. Amid a hail of gunfire and grenades, businessman and licensed gun-holder Abdulkadir Haji joined them to search for his brother. Upon entering, they quickly discovered the horror. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ABDULKADIR HAJI, MAN LICENSED TO CARRY A GUN WHO WENT INTO WESTGATE SHOPPING MALL AFTER IT WAS ATTACKED TO GO AND RESCUE CIVILIANS TRAPPED THERE SAYING: "This people are here to cause havoc, they are barbaric, because I saw young kids who were shot, I saw young girls, I saw some elderly women who were shot and this was a shock for me. I had seen dead people before, you know in funerals in a road accident but I had never seen this kind of massacre." The four-day assault left at least 67 civilians and members of security forces dead. Five militants of the Islamist Al Shabaab group were also killed. After the attack, a photo surfaced showing Haji reaching out to a terrified girl running across an empty corridor, earning him the title of hero among many Kenyans. Haji says it was the girl who showed bravery. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ABDULKADIR HAJI, MAN LICENSED TO CARRY A GUN WHO WENT INTO WESTGATE SHOPPING MALL AFTER IT WAS ATTACKED TO GO AND RESCUE CIVILIANS TRAPPED THERE SAYING: "We hurled the tear gas canisters, she got that little girl out and told her run and we kept, beg, asking her to run and she started running and I thought that was very very brave of the little girl, you know just running towards strangers holding guns. I thought that was brave, I thought she was brave." Haji, Kenya and much of the world are still trying to make sense of the attack. Officials are holding eight suspects in connection to the attack, but few other details have been released.

Kenyan mall rescuer reveals harrowing details of attack

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 - 01:33

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