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Survivor stories from Nairobi's Westgate Mall attack

People hid in halls, stairwells as militants stormed building

Last Updated: Sept. 24, 2013

When militants stormed the Westgate Mall, survivors hid in stairwells and dark corridors.

Dozens of people were killed and more than 150 others were wounded. Here are some stories from survivors.

Arjen Westra

"I could hear the gunfire moving towards the main entrance. So I thought if I walked out in the open, I would be a walking target. So I decided to drop myself on the ground and hide together with a few other people."

As it Happens, Sept. 23, 2013

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Ali Khalif Galaydh

"Immediately, apart from the deafening sound, we saw people were wounded and bleeding who were running inside and trying to get out of this frightening sort of spot."

As It Happens, Sept. 23, 2013

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Ben Mulwa

"When [gunshots] went on for two or three minutes, actually, we felt it really wasn't a normal burglary or robbery. People were running all over. People were screaming."

The Current, Sept. 23, 2013

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Dr. Sunil Sachdeva

"When I looked around the rooftop, I counted about 12 bodies, all covered with red sheets... we formed kind of a human chain guiding these people and taking care of the injured and taking care of people who were fainting... a lot of people just came out and fell on their knees and broke down crying."

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Sara Head

"It got quite hot. Some people were fanning one another. They were fanning the girl who was wounded. People were using their cell phones to get in touch with relatives or to try to figure out what was going on. So there was quite a lot of panic and adrenaline."


 

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