WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — One of the al-Shabab attackers behind the weekend Kenyan mall siege allegedly pleaded for forgiveness from a six-year-old boy during the attack, saying: “Please forgive me, we are not monsters,” before letting the boy and his family escape.
The U.K. newspaper The Sun reports that Elliot Prior, 6, stood up to protect his wounded mother and six-year-old sister during the attack, shouting at the gunman: “You’re a bad man, let us leave.” According to the boy’s uncle, Alex Coutts, the militant gave the boy a couple Mars chocolate bars and letting them escape.
A Getty photographer captured the moment of the three escaping the building, with the boy still clutching the chocolate bars allegedly given to him by one of the shooters.
Coutts told the Sun that his relatives “had a lucky escape.”
More than 60 people were killed by members of the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab during the assault on a Nairobi shopping mall over the weekend, reports the Associated Press. The attackers said the strike was retribution for Kenyan forces’ 2011 push into neighboring Somalia.
President Barack Obama says the United States stands with Kenya against the “terrible outrage” of the attack, and said the attack shows the international community must stand against the “senseless violence” that the al-Qaida linked group represents.
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