Confusion played out between GSU and KDF during Westgate operation
SEE ALSO :KDF soldier killed, corpse burntThey carried powerful guns, had anti-tank weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition and helicopters hovering over the air According to scenes from CCTV footage, their first stop was on the first floor of the besieged mall. Most costly blunder The KDF officers are seen entering the Ereta Jewellery store, and checking for the terrorists. Despite the danger, one even ventures to check whether the safe of the store is open. After leaving Ereta Jewellery store, the soldiers then headed out towards Nakumatt Supermarket.
SEE ALSO :KDF soldiers beat up Likoni residentsSources within the General Service Unit and the police, have told The Standard on Saturday that this is when things allegedly went haywire and began to border on total embarrassment. The sources allege that the soldiers opened fire upon officers from the Recce Squad-perhaps because the officers were out of uniform, they were mistaken for terrorists. Being on a Saturday afternoon, when most of them were off duty, some of the GSU officers at the time arrived at Westgate not well uniformed and prepared for the mission. According to officers from the Unit, they had no time for reconnaissance and no time for a mock exercise, a necessity before embarking on a dangerous mission. However, the most costly blunder of the evening was the officers arrived at the scene without a senior to provide leadership. The Recce Squad was being led by Inspector James Maamiri. When KDF shot at them, the GSU men scampered for safety and then an exchange of words and pointing of guns between members of the police forces’ most elite unit, Recce Squad, and its equal in the military, Rangers Strike Force, took place. The following is a transcribed except from an ugly exchange between the military and police. “Stop talking too much (keep your mouth shut),” one soldier shouts at a GSU man who replies with the abuse, “Your mother.” In the footage, an angry GSU officer curses “The military shot us. F*** them.” It’s apparently during this confrontation that Constable Martin Kithinji was shot dead and another GSU man in the leg.
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