Alleged CCTV Photo Released of Westgate Attackers

alleged screenshot of Westgate attackers

24 September 2013

Al-Shabaab’s Twitter account, which has continued to be shut down during the Westgate crisis, tweeted an alleged photo from a security camera in the mall showing two gunmen in the mall.

The photo previously appeared to be online on 23 September 2013 after it reportedly had been screen-grabbed from a CCTV stream.

In a series of tweets, al-Shabaab continues to exploit the contradictory and misleading information provided by Kenyan officials.

shabaab tweets on westgate

The efforts by the Kenyan government to declare an end to the crisis–perhaps prematurely–and al-Shabaab’s responses on various re-born Twitter accounts underscore how the Westgate war is being fought in the media as much as in the mall.

Kenyan security forces are still engaged in a delicate operation to rescue the remaining hostages amid explosive traps set by the militants.

Al-Shabaab’s attack on the upscale mall has killed at least 65 people and has injured hundreds of innocent civilians, whose haunting moments were also catalogued in social media.

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