Meet the lady who survived Westgate and Riverside attack

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September 23rd,  2013 was one the worst day in the Kenyan soil after the Al Shaabab Militia  attacked Nairobi’s Westgate mall.

Tracy Wanjiru was among the people who survived the deadly terrorist attack.

While speaking in an interview she said,“I was working there when the attackers stormed in, it was not easy just like today. All I can say is that I thank God.”

The 28 year old hair dresser was six months pregnant when Al-Shabaab militants stormed in throwing grenades and firing at everyone.

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Fast forward to January 14, 2019, Ms. Wanjiru was again caught in the deadly attack that happened at the Dusit D2 Hotel in Riverside fortunately the young lady was far from the seen of the attack, however her previous experience at Westgate came in handy as  she relied on that experience to save herself.

A few minutes past 3pm on Tuesday, she heard gunshots rent the air near where she worked. She tried to peep outside and the next thing she heard was a loud explosion.

“I jumped back to the salon, told my colleagues to be keen because we were under attack. They dismissed me at first but when they heard wails and screams, everyone went into hiding,” she narrated.

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Ms Wanjiru said she was in shock all along as thoughts raced through her mind of her imminent death.

After the explosion she saw “human body parts in the midst of fire flames flying in the air.”

It is from her hiding place inside the salon that Ms Wanjiru used her Westgate attack experience to call for help through social media.

“Someone help us out stack there is a bomb at 14riverside drive…..pleasee..Call police,” she first posted, as her friends tried to help.

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