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Westgate survivor vows to return once repairs are complete

20 September 2014, 16:00 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Jimmy Waweru will return to the Westgate mall once repairs are complete, saying he owes a visit to those who died during the ill fated attack.

Waweru survived the attack by the skin of this teeth after hiding in a toilet on the second floor once it was apparent that there was trouble at the mall.

He had gone there that day to complete bank transactions at the CFC Stanbic Bank on the top floor when the attackers struck and he says that he hid in a toilet before being rescued by police nine hours after the attack begun.

Read also: One year after attack, guards still unarmed

" I had gone to the bank that day when after I had finished, I heard gunshots and people screaming all over, he said of the day.

" I and three others quickly run for safety towards the escalator, when we noticed people running toward us instead, he adds.

He says when they realized the attackers were coming upstairs, they hid inside a toilet and closed it from inside.

" We heard gunshots for hours and hours, until later on, police broke the door and rescued us, he says.

Waweru was not injured in the ordeal but says he remembers the scene, littered with a lot of blood, dead bodies and people's belongings.

" It was shocking. It was like a Hollywood movie. The types we see on the TV. It was a bad experience, he adds.

Read also: Will to live drives on injured Westgate victim

He says that he had frequented Westgate for five years and that he will return to the mall once ongoing repairs are complete to show support to the dead, their families and business owners.

" 67 people died and many others were injured. I got out without a scratch and for that I believe I owe those that were not as lucky as I was, my presence there, he says.

The memorial for the attack will take place Sunday 21 September, exactly a year to the day the attack took place.

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