Nairobi - Two charred corpses recovered from Kenya's
Westgate shopping mall are "highly likely" to be two of the gunmen
who killed at least 67 people last month, a lawmaker probing the attack said on
The 21 September mall attack, which was claimed by the
Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, was the worst on Kenyan soil since
al-Qaeda bombed the US Embassy in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, in 1998, killing
more than 200.
Ndung'u Gethenji, chairperson of parliament's Defence and
Foreign Relations Committee, said the corpses had been pulled from under rubble
on Thursday in a part of the mall which had collapsed.
"All the indications are that they are the
attackers," Gethenji told Reuters.
"The area they were excavating is consistent with the
area [the gunmen] were trapped in during the operation."
Automatic AK-47 rifles of a model not used by Kenyan
security forces and a rocket-propelled grenade were found close to the two
bodies, said Gethenji, who is co-chairing the parliamentary investigation into
possible intelligence failures.
"Personally I don't have conclusive information as to
how many attackers' bodies we are expecting to look for," he added.
Chilling CCTV footage from the first day of the four day
stand-off with Kenyan security forces shows four gunmen calmly shooting
panicked shoppers as others hide behind pillars or scramble along the floor
At one point, a gunman walks up to a wounded man bleeding
heavily as he tries to pull himself to safety and shoots him at close range,
apparently killing him. The attackers are also seen taking turns to pray in
what looks to be a store room.
Echoing investigators, Gethenji said it was still unclear if
more gunmen apart from the four seen in the CCTV footage had been involved in
The corpses of the two suspected gunmen will now be
subjected to detailed forensic investigations, he added.
In the absence of confirmed identities of the gunmen seen in
the CCTV footage, investigators have been referring to them as "pink
shirt", "white shirt", "black shirt" and "blue
Al-Shabaab have said they carried out the mall attack
because the Kenyan government had ignored its warnings to pull Kenyan
peacekeeping troops out of Somalia.
Uganda, which also has troops in Somalia, warned on Friday
of a possible "imminent terror attack" on its territory.
Al-Shabaab attacked Uganda in 2010 in a twin bombing.