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We're not monsters, Nairobi mall attacker told British boy who stood up to him

Police officers and members of the media take cover at a distance from the Westgate Shopping Centre after continuous gunfire was heard coming from the mall in Nairobi on Monday, Sept 23, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police officers and members of the media take cover at a distance from the Westgate Shopping Centre after continuous gunfire was heard coming from the mall in Nairobi on Monday, Sept 23, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate mall in Nairobi on Monday, Sept 23, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Kenyan soldiers take cover after heavy gunfire near Westgate mall in Nairobi on Monday, Sept 23, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A Kenya Defence Forces armoured military vehicle drives to the Westgate shopping centre after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A Kenya Defence Forces armoured military vehicle drives to the Westgate shopping centre after an exchange of gunfire inside the mall in Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers run to take their position at the Westgate shopping centre, on the fourth day since militants stormed into the mall, in Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers run to take their position at the Westgate shopping centre, on the fourth day since militants stormed into the mall, in Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers run to take their position at the Westgate shopping centre, on the fourth day since militants stormed into the mall, in Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers run to take their position at the Westgate shopping centre, on the fourth day since militants stormed into the mall, in Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Residents look at the military rescue operation at the Westgate shopping centre in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. One of the Islamist attackers besieging a Nairobi shopping mall handed chocolate to a four-year-old British boy caught u
Residents look at the military rescue operation at the Westgate shopping centre in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013. One of the Islamist attackers besieging a Nairobi shopping mall handed chocolate to a four-year-old British boy caught up in the crisis and asked for forgiveness, his uncle told a newspaper on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - One of the Islamist attackers besieging a Nairobi shopping mall handed chocolate to a four-year-old British boy caught up in the crisis and asked for forgiveness, his uncle told a newspaper on Tuesday.

Four-year-old Elliott Prior, who had been shopping with his mother and sister at the Westgate mall when it came under attack on Saturday, confronted one of the militants, telling him "you're a very bad man", his uncle told The Sun.

Mr Alex Coutts said the attacker took pity on the family and allowed them to escape, handing the children Mars bars as he told them: "Please forgive me, we are not monsters."

Elliott and his sister Amelie, both clearly distraught, were later pictured outside the mall, clutching the chocolate as a dead body lay behind them.

The Sun reported that their mother Amber, a film producer, had scooped up two other children - including a wounded 12-year-old whose mother had been murdered - and pushed them outside in a shopping trolley.

"They had a lucky escape," said Mr Coutts.

"The terrorists said if any kids were alive in the supermarket they could leave. Amber made a decision to stand up and say, 'Yes'.

"Then Elliott argued with them and called them bad men. He was very brave.

"The terrorists even gave the kids Mars bars."

The family, who live in Nairobi, had been on a regular visit to a supermarket inside the mall.

One of the militants told the children's mother he only wanted to kill Kenyans and Americans, The Sun quoted her as saying.

"He told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said, 'Do you forgive us?'" she said.