With gunshots ringing out amid screams and terrified shoppers diving for cover, this dramatic video today revealed the first moments of the deadly terrorist attack on a Kenyan shopping mall.
The clip, taken yesterday by a journalist for CCTV Africa at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, shows some people running or cowering behind shelves and boxes as others are heard shouting.
Later on in the 90-second video – which was posted on YouTube at 7pm tonight – a man can be seen behind a door in the mall speaking on his mobile phone and saying: ‘They think they are terrorists’.
It comes as Kenya’s Red Cross said the death toll from the militant attack on the upscale mall in the country’s capital had risen to 68 after nine more bodies were recovered in a joint rescue mission.
Officials say more than 175 people were wounded in the attack, which saw gunmen use grenades and assault rifles. Somali militant group al-Shabab has already claimed responsibility for the killings.
An estimated 10 to 15 militants remain in the mall holding an unknown number of captives. The Kenyan military has entered the four-story mall and there have been sporadic gun battles.