Survivor used dead teen’s blood to fool the terrorists

World 6QUICK-THINKING Sneha Kothari Mashru survived the Nairobi mall massacre by smearing herself with a victim’s blood and playing dead to fool the terrorists.

The radio presenter said a teenage boy lying next to her died of his wounds as they hid from the gunmen at the Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital.

“I realised he was shot, because he was bleeding, so I pulled out his phone slowly and I tried to switch it off,” she recalled.

“It was full of blood, and I tried to switch off the phone so that it could stop ringing (in case it alerted the attackers).

“I took a lot of his blood – as much as I could – and I tried to put it on myself. I put it on my arm, and while I was trying to put it on my hand, I just realised that he had stopped breathing.

“So I put it on my arm, as much as I could, and I covered my face with my hair just to pretend that I’m dead or, probably, badly injured.”

She added: “I would love to know who he was because his blood probably protected me from getting attacked.”

Terror group al Shabaab claim their militants carried out a “meticulous vetting process” to separate Muslims from non-Muslims before killing dozens of men, women and children in the mall.

Witnesses had described how the gunmen rounded up those inside the centre before asking them questions about Islam.

In an email exchange with the Associated Press news agency, the al Qaeda-affiliated terror group confirmed that their fighters specifically targeted foreigners during the attack.

“The Mujahideen carried out a meticulous vetting process at the mall and have taken every possible precaution to separate the Muslims from the Kuffar (disbelievers) before carrying out their attack,” said the group.
“Our targets have always been disbelievers, invaders and the apostate governments’ officials/troops who are allied with them.”

The number of people killed in the attack is expected to rise from the current figure of 67, with speculation that there could be additions to the six dead Britons.

Five terrorists were also killed in the four-day siege at the shopping centre, while 10 suspects remain in custody in relation to the incident.

Meanwhile, the family of Briton Niall Saville, who was injured in the attack, have paid tribute to his South Korean wife, Moon Hee Kang, who was killed.

“The Saville and Kang families are devastated and heartbroken by the sudden loss of Moon Hee,” said a statement.

“She was very close to the Saville family and brought so much joy to all of their lives. Moon Hee was a bright, loving, kind and genuine person who will be greatly missed.”

A British woman reportedly linked to the attacks gained a South African passport using an assumed identity.

But the document was cancelled in 2011, said Kenya’s home affairs minister Naledi Pandor.

She told the media that the passport was “fraudulently acquired”, adding that the Kenyan government had not yet contacted the South African government regarding the Westgate attacks.

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has warned that such attacks may become more frequent as al Shabaab try to reassert their dwindling power base.

“Some people sometimes mix the issues that Shabaab want an Islamic state in Somalia,” he told Channel 4 News. “That’s not true. Shabaab want a unified state all over the world.

“They do not believe in borders, they do not believe in sovereignty, so their theme is global – it’s not even regional. They may do this act again and again.”

On Wednesday, the group threatened that if Kenyan troops remain in Somalia, they must “be prepared for an abundance of blood”.

Experts from the UK, the US, Israel and other countries are helping Kenyan authorities with the forensic investigation at the mall.

Explosives experts and sniffer dogs are searching for booby traps in the wreckage.

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