Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
A television reporter makes a telephone call while filming during a bout of heavy gunfire shortly after dawn, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis
A television reporter makes a telephone call while filming during a bout of heavy gunfire shortly after dawn, at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo/Ben Curtis

Wife and daughter of Dubai businessman killed in Kenya mall attack

'The people who did this, they are vigilantes, they are animals,' said grieving father Louis Bawa after learning his wife and young daughter were killed in the Kenya mall attack.

DUBAI // The wife and daughter of a Dubai businessman were killed in the Nairobi mall terrorist attack in Kenya.

Jennah Bawa, 8, and her mother, Zahira, were identified from photos of the victims.

Louis Bawa, chief executive of Inobrands, a company that specialises in mobile-phone and tablet accessories, said his “heart just stopped” when he saw the photos.

“The people who did this, they are vigilantes, they are animals,” said Mr Bawa, who is still in Kenya.

At least 62 people died, many were wounded and dozens were taken hostage when Al Shabab Islamist militants from Somalia stormed the Westgate mall on Saturday with automatic weapons and grenades.

After a four-day siege the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday night the incident was over and “we have ashamed and defeated our attackers”.

* Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National