Kenyan Troops Suspected of Shoplifting from Stores Damaged by Terror Attack

Fox News, October 1, 2013

Jewelry cases smashed. Mobile phones ripped from displays. Cash registers emptied. Alcohol stocks plundered.

For the second time in two months, poorly paid Kenyan security forces that moved in to control an emergency are being accused of robbing the very property they were supposed to protect. First the troops were accused of looting during a huge fire in August at Nairobi’s main airport.

Now shop owners at Westgate Mall are returning to their stores after last week’s devastating terrorist attack to find displays ransacked and valuables stolen.

One witness told The Associated Press that he saw a Kenyan soldier take cigarettes out of a dead man’s pocket.

Shopkeepers spent Monday carting merchandise and other valuables out of their stores and restaurants to prevent any more thefts. No one can say for sure who is responsible, but Kenya’s security forces are strongly suspected.

Soon after the attack began on Sept. 21, Kenyan officials put a cordon around the mall, allowing only security forces and a few government personnel to pass through.

Since then, alcohol stocks from the restaurants have been depleted. One business owner at the mall said money and mobile phones were taken from bags and purses left behind in the mayhem. {snip}

Employees of a book shop on the mall’s second floor returned to find registers yanked open and cash gone. The store’s laptops were also stolen. All the shop’s books remained in place, said owner Paku Tsavani.


Sandeep Vidyarthi went into the mall Sunday to help a relative retrieve equipment from his dental practice. Inside he said he passed shop after shop that had been looted, including the Rado store that sells high-end Swiss watches.

As he was leaving the mall, Vidyarthi passed a jewelry shop near the front entrance. The owner, he said, was presenting security officials with a long list of missing precious stones and high-end necklaces.


It is ironic, said the management team of one Westgate business, that store owners must now make reports of stolen goods to the same security forces suspected of doing the thieving.


A team of terrorists entered Westgate Mall shortly after noon on a busy Saturday, firing guns and throwing grenades. The attackers—the Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility—held off Kenya’s military and controlled at least parts of the mall for four days.

The attack killed at least 67 people. The mall now has a gaping three-story hole in it from the siege.


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  • Tarczan

    It was announced that these were “elite troops”. The elite guys then took 4 days to regain control of the shopping mall.

    • John Ulfsson

      Elite troops? That’s a laugh.

      I haven’t seen any photos or videos of African “soldiers” that don’t come across as a bunch of mental deficients playing pretend.

      Calling these people “soldiers” is an insult to the profession.

      • Puggg

        I have and had branches on the family tree who were in Korea, who speak of “bug out deuce four.”

      • Brian

        Rainbow Coalition Six.

    • Andy

      And blew half of it up in the process.

      Still, I hear it’s better Kenya than most of Africa.

      • Sick of it

        And robbed the place afterward. I think these guys are the complete opposite of elite troops.

    • Brian

      I think that means they are over the age of 12.

    • JohnEngelman

      The Israeli Defense Force would have handled that in a few hours.

      • I thought they once did that in Uganda and not Kenya.

        • cablegirls

          That was Operation Entebbe, the counter-terrorist hostage rescue at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. Yes, those Israeli commandos kicked some serious rump.

    • SuperAwesomeDude

      If you ever watch a documentary about the Jonestown massacre, notice how all the armed soldiers keeping people from escaping are black. I think Jim Jones knew that black guards would inflict cruelty and death on others without a flicker of conscience.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    What was a modern-style shopping mall doing in Kenya in the first place?

    There’s a reason why “you can’t have anything nice” in some places…

    • Andy

      A modern-style shopping mall was in Kenya because: Paku Tsavani and Sandeep Vidyarthi, and Western aid/tourism.

  • Spartacus

    “All the shop’s books remained in place…”


    Buuuks bee rayciss !

    • Erasmus

      But I’ll wager if there had been any porno magazines, they would have been completely cleared out.

      • Bobbala

        What do you think the laptops were taken for ….

        • Tim_in_Indiana

          Resale value.

  • Erasmus

    With the theft of stores by black troops sent in to protect lives and property, this could have as easily been Chicongo, Detroit or Bantumore as Nairobi.

  • robert

    This reminds me of the fire truck full of Gap jean buried under the rubble of the 911 twins.

  • JohnEngelman

    Black police officers in New Orleans looted during Hurricane Katrina.

    • Blacks loot any time they get the chance.

    • Yes; a Rachel Jeantel lookalike was filmed looting shoes from Wal-Mart in the Katrina aftermath, while wearing NOPD uniform. Stealing cheap Chinese shoes from Wal-Mart? Words escape me.

    • cablegirls

      Yeah, there’s YouTube vid on that. Officers in uniform.

  • Bantu_Education

    Exact same thing said to have happened in the London chimp riots 2 years ago.

  • Bantu_Education

    Has anyone else noticed that, aside from that one report, nothing more has been said about the tortures and amputations, etc., said to have happened. The Ministry of Truth has canned that story – can’t have the sheeple thinking negatively about the religion of peace and tolerance can we? “Islamophobia” – only racists are infected with this weird and totally irrational fear of Islam..!