New video footage of the Nairobi shopping mall massacre emerged yesterday showing the moment one of the attackers calmly gunned down a man from just a few feet away. The footage showed the injured man, bleeding heavily, attempting to sit up and pull himself away from danger, before apparently being killed when another gunman in a black jacket approached the scene and opened fire.
The video, collated from a variety of CCTV cameras in the four-storey Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital and obtained by CNN, gave the most complete visual account so far of last month's massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 67 people. It appeared to show the first moments of the assault, when the gunmen opened fire and sparked panic among Saturday shoppers, and then the early hours of what became a four-day siege when the attackers stalked the stores looking for victims.
The early moments of the footage showed crowds of families and shoppers at the entrance to the mall's Nakumatt supermarket, going about their normal business. Moments later, people begin running in panic. One father grabs his son by the hand and hurries him into the rear of the store. Other people can be seen falling over each other in their hurry to escape the attackers. The video shows how, within just a few minutes, an area that was packed with shoppers is left empty apart from one man cowering behind a cashier counter.
He is spotted by one of the terrorists who calmly saunters into the supermarket and then shoots him from little over two feet away. Lying in a pool of blood, the victim attempts to gather his strength and crawl away, before slumping back on to the tiled floor. Another gunman then walks in and shows no mercy. The footage came as a propaganda video emerged for the Somali terror group al-Shabaab - which is suspected of being behind the Nairobi attack - in which apparent members of the group boasted of their links to Britain. One masked jihadist, speaking with a London accent, narrated the names of men with links to the UK, before listing 10 British towns where he claimed recruits had come from. He was shown introducing one militant who then referenced the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
The latest footage of the Westgate mall siege showed only four gunmen. One is seen shepherding four children led by Amber Prior, a French woman, away from the supermarket. Mrs Prior's two children walked unaided, but another needed to be pushed to safety in a supermarket trolley. A fourth child, a teenage girl, was limping and her white hoodie top was in parts soaked in blood. She appeared to be talking to one of the gunmen as he shooed her towards the exit.