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Westgate hostages were tortured

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
DEADLY: A photo grab from the Westgate CCTV footage shows some of the terrorists inside the mall.
DEADLY: A photo grab from the Westgate CCTV footage shows some of the terrorists inside the mall.

A doctor who has been working at the Westgate Mall has claimed that terrorists tortured their victims before killing them.

"Those are not allegations. Those are f****ng truths. They removed balls, eyes, ears, nose. They get your hand and sharpen it like a pencil then they tell you to write your name with the blood. They drive knives inside a child's body. Actually if you look at all the bodies, unless those ones that were escaping, fingers are cut by pliers, the noses are ripped by pliers."

The doctor who wished to remain anonymous said what he saw was worse that the deaths from the Sachangwan oil tanker explosion that claimed 139 lives in Jaunaury 2009 and the Sinai fire tragedy that killed 101 people in September 2011.

"Sachangwan and Sinai is 50 percent of this. Sachangwan and Sinai you are sure of one thing...it is fire. And those people before they died they fell unconscious. Here it was pain. You find people with hooks hanging from the roof," he said.

The doctor was deployed to the scene yesterday morning.

"The bomb squad determines a lot because they have to move toe after toe, leg after leg (to ensure there are no bombs left behind)," he said.

"Chances of them finishing by 4am (this morning) as is being said is nil. They haven't covered half of basement. By the time I was leaving that place they had only checked 14 vehicles. They are in three groups. The first group goes in and clears, the second group comes in and clears, the third group comes in and clears. Sometimes the doctors get tired, you have to give them a break. And where the bodies were stacked up it is very tricky, so you have to be very smart," he said.

Bomb experts were deployed to the building yesterday, together with forensic experts. After an area was declared free from bombs, the forensic experts would sweep the room before doctors and other medical staff were called to remove bodies of people killed by the terrorists.

A witness at the scene counted 10 bodies being removed in body bags. Engineers will then advise on the structural soundness of the building after half of the overhead parking area collapsed into the floors below.