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York chaplain tells of friend's ordeal in Kenya
5:38pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A UNIVERSITY chaplain in York has told of how a friend escaped the Nairobi shopping centre siege.
Lukas Njenga, 45, chaplain at the University of York St John, said his friend Lucy was drinking coffee in the centre when gunfire broke out.
She managed to escape from the Westgate shopping complex, where suspected al-Shabab militants had yesterday killed more than 60 people, but has been unable to contact her friends.
Mr Njenga said: “She was in one of the coffee houses when she heard shouting and saw people shooting aimlessly. The people who have seen what happened said it was merciless - they were throwing grenades and shooting. It was not targeted and it did not matter if it was a child - they just shot.”
Although his friend managed to flee the centre he said, “she was very traumatised and does not yet know what happened to the people she was with and she has not been able to contact them.”
Mr Njenga, who lives in York with his family, said he used to work on a project which had offices near to the mall and knows many people in the area.
“One of the most important things I would like to see is more outside help with intelligence to help the government pick up what’s happening. Terrorism is a big, big threat,” he said.
“This should not encourage people to walk away from Kenya. People who planned to go should, we must not allow the militia group to think that everytime they do something people stay away.”