Deadly mall assault caught police off guard

A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre where gunmen went on a shooting spree in Nairobi September 21, 2013. Sporadic gun shots could be heard hours after the assault started as soldiers surrounded the mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola.

What you need to know:

  • The officer admitted there was no intelligence on the attack.
  • Officers running the operation told the Sunday Nation that at around 3pm, more units were deployed, with the Administration Police Rapid Response Unit being the first specialised unit.

Security personnel appeared to have been caught flat-footed as suspected terrorists struck Westgate Mall killing more than 30 people.

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