Gunmen stormed a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday, killing at least 39 people including close relatives of Kenya's president and children, in an attack claimed by the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.
Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting the attackers shop by shop. A police officer inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside a Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya's biggest chains.
"We got three bodies from this shop," said volunteer Vipool Shah, 64, standing a dozen meters from the supermarket entrance and pointing to a children's shoe shop where blood lay in pools.
Shah turned to a nearby burger bar where piped music still played and food lay abandoned. "And a couple of bodies here."
The attack appeared designed to achieve maximum global impact by targeting a place frequented by Westerners as well as Kenyans.
As Doctrine Man noted: "No wonder nobody like them"