Kampala - Kenyan security forces walked out of a store in
Nairobi's Westgate mall, holding plastic bags heavy with unknown items after
Islamic extremists staged an attack. Others looked behind counters and lifted
In security camera video seen by The Associated Press on
Sunday, some members of Kenya's armed forces appeared to loot a store during
the four-day siege of Nairobi's most upscale mall. At least 67 people were
killed in the attack by Islamic extremists.
Kenya's security forces have previously denied any
Soon after the attack began on 21 September, Kenyan
officials put a security cordon around the mall, allowing only security forces
and a few government personnel to pass through. When the attack was over, some
who owned shops inside the mall complained of looting.
Mobile phones were ripped from displays, cash registers
emptied, and even alcohol stocks plundered, according to AP reporters at the
scene after the siege ended.
Public servants in Kenya, including police, fire-fighters
and soldiers, are poorly paid and frequently accused of corruption.
An investigation into a huge fire at Nairobi's airport in
August revealed that first responders had looted electronics, a bank and an ATM
during and after the blaze.
In the case of the Westgate attack, a team of Kenyan
lawmakers that investigated the looting allegations cleared soldiers of any
The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab claimed
responsibly for the mall attack, saying it was in retribution for Kenya's
military involvement in Somalia.
Local and foreign investigators have since been digging
through the rubble for evidence, and on Sunday another body believed to be that
of one of the mall attackers was retrieved.
Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said in a statement that
it was the fourth body that "we know from CCTV footage to be that of a
terrorist. DNA and other investigations will confirm their identities".
Four AK-47 assault rifles believed to have been used by the
attackers were also recovered, the statement said.
"We continue to dig through the rubble at
Westgate," it said. "We are determined to bring this chapter to a
close by identifying the terrorists responsible for the attack, including those
who planned it."
Many questions, including what caused a part of the mall to
collapse, remain unanswered nearly a month after the attack. Kenyan officials
have urged patience, saying they need more time to investigate the scene.