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North Carolina Native Survives Westgate Mall Attack in Kenya


Bendita Malakia moved to Kenya from Elizabeth City for a job. She was shopping with friends when gunmen stormed an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi early Saturday.

Nearly 70 people have been killed and close to 175 others injured. Officials say some hostages are still being held as of Sunday night. Kenyan officials say the military has taken control of most of the mall.

Between ten and 15 Islamic extremists stormed the mall Saturday from two sides, throwing grenades and firing on civilians, according to Kenyan officials.

For Malakia’s mother, waiting for word about her daughter’s safety was agonizing. She knew her daughter was trapped, based on one short message.

“It said, ‘Dad this is Bendita, in an active shooter situation at Westgate Mall,'” said  Lue Malakia.

“I was scared to death I was going to get a call saying she was dead,” said Malakia.

Her 30-year-old daughter said gunmen barged into the terrace where she was eating and started shooting.

Read the full story at WBTV.

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