Video: Kenya mall bodies ‘may be gunmen’
New footage emerges of gunmen who killed more than 60 people in shopping centre last month
Charred bodies found in Kenya’s Westgate Mall may be those of the gunmen who killed more than 60 people in the shopping centre last month, officials believe.
Four AK-47 assault rifles were found alongside the remains which have been sent to the Nairobi city morgue.
A Norwegian man of Somali origin is suspected of helping to plan and carry the attack on a Kenyan shopping centre last month, it has been claimed.
Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow (23) is believed to be one of four men pictured in CCTV footage from the Westgate mall which has been released by Kenyan authorities, BBC Newsnight reported last night.
Six Britons were killed in the assault on the shopping centre, which lasted four days and left some 67 people dead. The al-Qaeda-linked Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the assault.
BBC Newsnight said Dhuhulow is believed to be one of the four men pictured on the CCTV film.
The Somali-born Norwegian was said by relatives to have returned to Somalia in 2009, making increasingly erratic phone calls to the family.
One relative, who spoke anonymously to the BBC, said Dhuhulow left for Somalia in 2009 and the last of his rare phone calls in the summer said he was in trouble and wanted to come home.
After being shown the CCTV film, the relative reportedly said: “I don’t know what I feel or think... If it is him, he must have been brainwashed.”
Former neighbour Morten Henriksen said one of the attackers on the video clip, in a black shirt or jacket, could be Dhuhulow, whom he described to the programme as “pretty extreme”.
Last week, Norway’s intelligence agency, the PST, said it had sent officers to Kenya to verify reports that a Norwegian citizen was involved in the attack on the Nairobi mall.
At one point Kenyan authorities said a woman might have been involved in the attack, prompting speculation that British terrorist suspect Samantha Lewthwaite - who was married to July 7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay — might have had some connection with the attack.
Dubbed the ”White Widow”, Lewthwaite is known to be in East Africa and is wanted over alleged links to a terrorist cell that planned to bomb the country’s coastal resorts. Interpol issued a notice asking for help in capturing the 29-year-old fugitive over the 2011 plot.