ANJUM Chaudhry who was until his death the chief executive officer of Pegrume Telecommunication Ltd, was laid to rest at Kariokor Muslim cemetery yesterday after the 1 o'clock prayers according to Islamic doctrines.
A close family member said Chaudhry had gone to meet a friend, lawyer Peter Simani for a cup of coffee at the Westgate Mall when the gunmen attacked and killed them. "When he failed to turn up on that Saturday we began a search in mortuaries. We found his body on Sunday at city mortuary," he said.
Chaudhry was 65 years old.
The family member dismissed claims that the attackers were targeting Christians.
"Those who say that Muslims were being excused in the attacks are playing into the hands of terrorists who want to plants seed of religious discord. Chaudhry was a Muslim but they killed him. To me those attackers are criminals. I doubt if they subscribe to any religion," he said.
Speaking on Sunday at Jamia Mosque on the Mall attacks leaders from Supkem, Namlef and other Muslim organisations also reacted angrily to reports that the militants ordered Muslims out of the mall before opening fire on those who remained.
"These are criminal acts that are condemned by everyone. They are out to divide us along religious lines so that we wage war against each other," Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar Mombasa said during the press briefing in Nairobi.
Adan Wachu Supkem Secretary General said the incident is a cowardly act. "We send our deep condolences to the families of the bereaved and those who were wounded in the ongoing siege at the Westgate Mall," he said. "We reiterate that wanton indiscriminate killings of innocent men, women and children is against all Islamic teachings and tenets," Wachu said.
He called on Muslims to donate blood at healthcare institutions providing their care and treatment to the wounded. The leaders said they support the government and security agencies in the ongoing operations to secure the mall from the attackers.
"We call on Kenyans to remain calm and refrain from being divided on secterian grounds by this unfortunate incident," Wachu said.