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We killed one terrorist at Westgate, police say

A suspected terrorist was shot dead during an attack at the Westgate shopping mall, a senior police officer told the court.

Nairobi acting deputy county commander Mr Moses Ombati said the suspect was shot by police officers after firing at them while they were on the second floor at the mall.

Testifying during the trial of four men facing charges in relation to the terror attack at the mall, Mr Ombati said they took away an AK47 rifle belonging to the suspect.

Mr Ombati said the suspect was in his early twenties and that he did not know the whereabouts of his (suspect) body since their priority at the time were civilians caught up in the attack and the injured police officers.

The deputy county commander who had led a team of about ten officers inside the mall during the attack said a police officer lost his life and five sustained injuries.

Upon cross examination by Mr Mbugua Muriithi who is one of the defence lawyers the officer acknowledged that the alleged killing of the suspect was not in his written statement.

The witness told the court that he requested for permission from his seniors to withdraw from the mall for reorganization purposes.

Mr Ombati also told the court that there was no gap between their withdrawal and the military personnel taking over.

Another witness corporal Nicholas Kaberia attached to the diplomatic police unit said he managed to rescue over 100 people during the attack.

Mr Adan Abdikadir, Mohamed Abdi, Liban Abdullah and Hussein Hassan allegedly on September 21 last year jointly with others not before court carried out a terrorist attack at Westgate Shopping mall.

Other charges facing some of the accused include giving support to terrorist group and habouring of persons committing a terrorist acts.

Hearing continues.