Ben Mulwa saw four gunmen wearing checked head scarves open fire
He says the faces of the gunmen were not covered
Mulwa says he heard the gunmen, but could not understand them
Bendita Malakia says she could hear gunmen going store to store
The carnage began early in the afternoon on Saturday at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall, with gunshots shattering the calm of a popular weekend meeting spot where Kenyans and expatriates shop for groceries, grab a coffee or catch a movie.
The ensuing hostage standoff left dozens of people dead and hundreds more wounded.
Two days later, the Kenyan authorities claim to have regained control of the complex, but the stories of those who escaped paint a terrifying picture of how the attack unfolded:
Ben Mulwa: Caught in parking lot
It was about 12:50 p.m. when Ben Mulwa, a Nairobi County politician, and a friend pulled into the multilevel parking garage attached to the five-story mall.