Chilling closed-circuit surveillance footage obtained by CNN
shows a squad of four jihadist killers nonchalantly strolling through Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, gunning people down, marching hostages through a store, and stopping to pray and chat on their cell phones at the start of last month’s terror siege in Kenya.
The silent footage is from Sept. 21, the first day of the four-day-long crisis in which at least 67 people were killed and many more injured.
It shows gun-wielding terrorists striding through the mall and appearing to shoot at anything that moved, while some terrified shoppers try to conceal themselves behind cash registers. Others race out of the store in an effort to escape.
Inside a supermarket, two armed men are walking and firing their guns. A wounded man, lying on the floor and covered with blood, can be seen desperately trying to crawl his way to safety.
One of the gunmen returned to finish him off.
The attackers are shown searching for surveillance cameras on the ceiling. They pray for long stretches of time and talk on cell phones — authorities believe the gunmen were speaking to an offsite terrorist commander overseeing the attack.
Two other gunmen can be seen walking through the outside parking lot and opening fire, with some shoppers hit by bullets and others trying to hide under cars.
Eventually, the parking-lot gunmen joined the pair inside the mall in rounding up hostages. A woman with three children is seen walking past cash registers. They are followed by a teenage girl with bloody clothing; she is being directed by one of the gunmen.
The disturbing three-minute, twenty-second video shown by CNN comes from a part of the mall near the supermarket. Such stories “repeated themselves in various places at the mall, which has more than 80 stores,” according to CNN.
It is also unclear whether the four gunmen shown in the video are dead or in custody. Kenyan authorities have provided many contradictory accounts of the attack, including the number of attackers and their fates.
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