Kenya mall attack: family plays dead before being rescued by policeman

The young family are seen playing dead in the Kenyan shopping centre ahead of their rescue

Dramatic footage has emerged showing a police officer saving a terrified young family during the shopping mall attacks in Kenya.

The amateur video shows the officer approaching the family as they lie under cover just minutes after the gunmen launched their brutal attack.

Having played dead to avoid being killed, the mother and her two children were then able to escape with their lives from a siege that killed at least 61 and potentially almost double that number.

Police officer saves terrified mother and children as Kenya mall gunmen strike

Police officer saves terrified mother and children as Kenya mall gunmen strike
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Kenyan authorities are now preparing for the gruesome task of recovering dozens more victims than initially thought, after the president, Uhuru Kenyatta, declared an end to the four-day siege of a Nairobi shopping mall by terrorists who have been linked to al-Qaeda.

About 175 people were injured, including 62 who remain in hospital, Mr Kenyatta said. He also acknowledged that "several" bodies remained trapped in the rubble, including those of terrorists.

But another government source said a far higher toll was feared, and mortuary staff were preparing to receive up to 60 more bodies. A western embassy official said the number of additional dead could go as high as 100.

The policeman instructs the family to join him in leaving the mall after crawling over to save themReuters

The policeman instructs the family to join him in leaving the mall after crawling over to save them

Mr Kenyatta said 11 suspects had been arrested; authorities previously announced that seven had been taken into custody at the airport and three elsewhere. "These cowards will meet justice as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are," an emotional Mr Kenyatta declared. "We confronted this evil without flinching, contained our deep grief and pain, and conquered it. As a nation, our head is bloodied, but unbowed."

Al-Shabaab claimed Kenyan forces used explosives in carrying out "a demolition" of the building, burying 137 hostages. It also said: "having failed to defeat the mujahideen inside the mall, the government disseminated chemical gas to end the siege."

A government spokesman immediately denied the claim, saying that no chemical weapons were used and that the official civilian death toll remains 61. He said three floors of the building collapsed after a fire started by the attackers caused structural weakness.