Video shows troops looting Kenya mall

In a security video, Kenyan soldiers (top) exit a Westgate Mall store with full shopping bags.

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In a security video, Kenyan soldiers (top) exit a Westgate Mall store with full shopping bags.

KAMPALA, Uganda — Men in fatigues walked out of a store in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall like ordinary shoppers, holding plastic bags heavy with unknown items after Islamist extremists staged an attack. Others, as they descended into the shopping center to fight the militants, looked behind counters and lifted items.

In security camera video released Sunday, some members of Kenya’s armed forces appeared to loot a store during the four-day siege of what used to be Nairobi’s most upscale mall. At least 67 people were killed in the attack.


Kenya’s security forces have previously denied any wrongdoing.

Soon after the attack began on Sept. 21 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.

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Mobile phones were ripped from displays, cash registers emptied, and alcohol stocks plundered.

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