Kenya Westgate attack hero ‘backed for senate seat’

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Businessman Abdul Haji, famous for combating militants who attacked the Westgate mall in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in September 2013, has been endorsed to succeed his late father Yusuf Haji as Garissa senator, the Standard newspaper reports quoting a family statement.

During the attack, Mr Haji went into the mall in search of his brother while armed only with a pistol that his father had taught him to hunt with as a child.

Together with a small group of plain-clothes policemen, he helped rescue dozens of people from the mall.

Abdul Haji

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His family has now fronted the second-born son to finish his father’s second-term in the Senate, the newspaper reports.

Senator Haji died last month in Nairobi and a by-election is scheduled for May.