Friday, September 26, 2014
"Terror at the Mall": CNN-HBO documentary on the Kenya Westgate Mall attack in 2013
On Friday, September 26, 2014, CNN aired the 90-minute HBO documentary film “Terror at the Mall”, by Dan Reed, about the attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya, Sept. 21. 2013, link here. The HBO link is here. CNN calls this “the most videod attack in history.” The film has a great deal of real footage, particularly of the rescues toward the end.
The responsibility for the attack was claimed by al-Shabaab, and 71 lives were lost, including 12 children and 3 pregnant women.
The testimony of those caught in the attack is graphic, and need not be dwelled on. I don’t know how I would react if part of a group pinned down in any such situation. I do not think I could survive being singled out.
Police and the military used tear gas, but had to recue people in a limited time while the attackers recovered from the tear gas. They had do bow to the cultural imperative of women and children first, maybe.
A woman with a baby heard the words “Lady with baby stand up.” Then the tear gas came, and she escaped into the main mall where now there were security forces.
The FBI’s page defining terrorism is well worth giving here.
A local church sent some volunteers to Kenya around 2004-2005. This actually included a covert gay male couple. That seems every more dangerous now. And Prince William and Kate Middleton explored the early days of their relationship on a safari in Kenya.
Wikipedia attribution link for battle picture here.