A mother today told of her family’s terrifying escape from Al Shabaab terrorists who butchered 62 people in a Kenyan mall.
The French woman has been queuing to buy milk in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Centre, with six-year-old daughter and son, four, when the militants struck
She hid under a cold meat counter in the Nakumatt supermarket for an hour-and-a-half with her children beneath her before terrorists finally found them and shot her in the thigh.
After discovering the advertising producer was French, the men began to plead with her claiming that they were not monsters and that the Muslim faith ‘was not a bad one’.
‘He told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said “do you forgive us? Do you forgive us?’, the mother told The Independent.
‘Naturally, I was going to say whatever they wanted and they let us go’.
Bizarrely, the terrorists handed the children Mars bars before they fled with two other children, including a 12-year-old boy who had at first refused to leave his dead mother.
The fate of 20 others who had taken refuge under the meat counter is unknown.
The family’s escape is particularly astonishing in light of the indiscriminate slaughter of men, women and children throughout the mall after Al Shabaab launched their assault on Saturday.