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Norway missionaries escape Kenya mall attack

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Norway missionaries escape Kenya mall attack
Øystein Iversen and Elisabet Elvrum Iversen - Norwegian Lutheran Mission
20:37 CEST+02:00
Four Norwegian missionaries escaped the massacre at Nairobi's Westgate Mall with two of them spending six terrifying hours trapped in a ladies' toilet.
Henning Boganes (36) and Roger Hertzenberg (45) from the evangelical Oslo Christian Centre, watched as gunmen from Somalia's Al Shabaab terror group entered the mall, guns firing, on the floor below them.  They then ran to a ladies' toilet, where they hid with around twenty other people. 
 
"Many of those around us were in total shock," Boganes told VG newspaper. "People froze when we heard noises in the hallway. But I am a Christian and have confidence in God - a confidence that I have protection - so I felt very calm."
 
Elisabet Elvrum Iversen and Øystein Iversen,  a missionary couple with the Norwegian Lutheran church, spent several hours hiding in a warehouse at the back of the mall before they were rescued by police. 
 
By Sunday evening, 59 people had been confirmed dead, and at least 175 wounded.  A dozen militants were estimated to remain active in the shopping centre, along with an unknown number of hostages. 
 
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