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DC area woman describes experience of escaping from Kenyan hostage siege

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Sara Head works for ICF International, based in Fairfax, Va. She was in Nairobi, Kenya on business when she stumbled into the shooting and hostage drama at the Westgate Shopping Mall.

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that is posted online, she describes her experience.

Head was with a colleague and a driver. They heard gunshots as soon as they parked their car. She says they saw people running and scrambled to duck under cars. When they heard more gunfire, they ran for a stairwell where they hid out for about an hour and a half before escaping through a mall supermarket.

Meanwhile, Kenyans living in the D.C. region are still trying to contact friends and relatives back home to make sure they are safe.

Alice Mukoya is the proprietor of an African restaurant in Rockville, the Seska Lounge. She is upset and frustrated that the extremist al-Shabab group is taking revenge for Kenya's push into Somalia in 2011.

Mukoya found out Monday from a friend in the U.S. that a friend in Kenya had lost a relative in the hostage shootings. She says that relative was a nephew to the country's president.


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