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'People thought it was Westgate all over again'

23 September 2014, 14:58 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Shots mistakenly fired by police at Nairobi's La Galleria mall confirmed fears that Kenyans are not really over the problems to do with security in the country.

The incident took place Monday when a driver lost control of his vehicle at the main entrance of the shopping mall, due to an epileptic fit. Following the incident that followed, the armed security who are permanently posted at the Mall discharged their weapons causing widespread panic.

The mall was declared safe after a security check, but that was not what was evident to see.

Scenes of Kenyans hiding, falling on the floor or even running outside the Nakumatt Supermarket were on show, a clear sign that Kenyans do not feel safe in malls.

Read also: Shots fired at Nairobi mall rattle Kenyans a year after Westgate

" The way people reacted to the gunshots was like a movie, Enos Obare, a security guard said.

" People thought it was Westgate all over again. There was clear panic and everyone run for their lives, he adds.

Michael Wanjala was in a bank in the mall when the gunshots rung the air and he says there was pandemonium in the mall.

" People are clearly not over what happened at Westgate going by the reaction here. It was real panic mode and that was not a good sight to see.

" It seems people are not convinced the government is doing enough to ensure we are safe and that is not good news, he adds.

Read also: Two Iranians nabbed in Kenya are illegal migrants

Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for several assaults in Nairobi and on the coast since the attack on Westgate.

The Islamist militants have threatened attacks in east Africa in retaliation for a U.S. missile strike that killed the rebel group's leader early this month.

The group said its assault on the Westgate mall was meant to punish Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to join an African force in an offensive against al Shabaab.

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