'I have seen many bad things, but this will haunt me for the rest of my days." -- Soldier on scene
What is more monstrous: these devout Muslims slaughtering in the cause of Islam or the media's cover-up of the motive? Media self-enforces Sharia: 'Islam,' 'Muslim' 'jihad' censored from 90% of newspaper reports on Kenya, Pakistan attacks
Quran 8:12, I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks...
Quran 47:4, Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens.Sura 8:13: When thy Lord revealed to the angels, saying, 'I am with you; so make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Smite them above their necks, and smite off all finger-tips.
Carnage: Cars were crushed beneath the concrete and there are fears
that forensics teams will find more victims as they sift through the
Terrible toll: The Kenya government said that three storeys of the centre had collapsed. Officials claimed that this was due to rockets being fired into the site to subdue Al Shabaab terrorists
"First pictures of Kenya’s shattered massacre mall: Video shows gaping chasm as witnesses say terrorists slit victims’ throats and threw screaming hostages from balconies " Daily Mail (thanks to Super Closer)
The collapse came on Monday, shortly after four large explosions rang out followed by billows of black smoke at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi. Although a government minister said the terrorists had set mattresses on fire, causing the roof to collapse, the video showed such massive destruction that the explanation seemed unlikely to be the full story.
First pictures of Kenya’s shattered massacre mall: Video shows gaping chasm as witnesses say terrorists slit victims’ throats and threw screaming hostages from balconies
- Minister had said collapse was caused when terrorists set mattresses on fire
- Al Shabaab claimed Kenyan assault team carried out ‘demolition’ of complex
- Shell-shocked troops said mall resembled ‘a scene from a horror movie’
- Fears of second attack after four militants tried to escape during the siege
- Police say five insurgents were killed and ten have been taken into custody
- Questions over how intelligence services missed elaborately planned attack
- Terror group says foreign non-Muslims were a ‘legitimate target’
- Forensic teams start working through the rubble to identify bodies
One soldier told the Daily Mirror: 'I have seen many bad things, but this will haunt me for the rest of my days.'
The main thrust of the operation began at 6am on Monday when troops and helicopters surrounded the building, but their efforts were hampered by an Al Shabaab sniper who managed to pin them back for nearly 24 hours.
As tear gas was used to try to flush him out, another terrorist reportedly blew himself up. It is believed the resulting fire may have killed dozens of shoppers in a supermarket.
The following day, the soldiers were ordered to adopt a 'shoot to kill' policy and launched their final attack on the terror group on the roof of the mall at 5pm.
The mall was retaken about half an hour later.
Between 10 and 15 terrorists are thought to have stormed the mall on Saturday, according to Kenyan officials.
The police said five insurgents were killed in the battle and at least 10 taken into custody.
Still smouldering: Smoke rises over the mall on Thursday morning as a forensic examination begins inside