Video shows Kenyan soldiers looting mall during siege that killed 67

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Video from the Westgate Mall terrorist attack that killed 67 people last month in Nairobi, Kenya, showed some soldiers looting stores, officials said.

The footage indicates some the looting began soon after the army took over the operation from police on Sept. 21, the first day of the massacre, The Star reported Thursday.


Video taken from different cameras in the upscale mall also showed some movement of the terrorists on the first day of the four-day siege.

The mall looting occurred as various security agencies argued about who was in charge at the mall, The Star said.

Video shows three soldiers walking out of the Nakumatt grocery store with bags filled with cash taken from registers.

A jewelry shop in the mall was emptied, with thousands of dollars in gems stolen, the Los Angeles Times said. Security forces reportedly looted every store except for a local shoe shop.

Other footage from Sept. 21 shows two attackers armed with AK-47 rifles climbing the stairs to the main entrance and firing their weapons, killing and injuring security personnel and shoppers, The Star said.

Police said they were splicing video from different cameras in the mall to help reconstruct what happened.


President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an investigation into security lapses after reports surfaced that police ignored intelligence warnings of an attack, the Times said.

The Ministry of Defense, in a statement Thursday after a meeting of military chiefs, said soldiers weren't the only security forces inside the mall but it will investigate the accusations of looting.

"Information is rife in the public domain that some of the KDF [Kenya Defense Forces] soldiers behaved unprofessionally during the operation," the statement said. "The allegation about this unprofessional conduct ... came to us with consternation and we as the Ministry of Defense [are] determined to get to the bottom of this."

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