More bodies recovered from rubble of Westgate mall

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nairobi - More bodies have been retrieved from the debris of Nairobi's Westgate mall, as businessmen and security personnel continued to rummage through the mall to salvage their property and to uncover bodies.

The mall was attacked by al-Shabaab militants on 21 September.

Reports indicate that at least nine more bodies, including those of two members the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), have been recovered from the rubble of the partly destroyed building since the operation to oust the terrorists ended 13 days ago.

Security remains tight, and all those going in and out of the mall have to go through a thorough security check with only those who own shops at the mall or security officers allowed in.

Repair work on the building also seems to have started in earnest, although it remains unclear how long the mall will remain closed.

Meanwhile, efforts to trace the families of four victims, whose bodies were ferried to the city mortuary for DNA profiling on Wednesday, stalled after families of the victims failed to show up at the mortuary.

Relatives of the missing persons from the terror attack had been asked to report to City Mortuary on Wednesday morning for DNA profiling by the Inspector-General of Police, David Kimaiyo, following the discovery of more bodies from the ruins of the mall.

Among the bodies recovered is that of a military personnel, whose rifle was found next to his body.

Kimaiyo had asked those whose relatives are missing to report to the mortuary, where the body parts are being preserved.

Sources at the mortuary say that pathologists were still carrying out DNA tests but efforts to trace the families were futile. –

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