Survivor recounts Westgate terror

A South African family pretended to be dead during the attack at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.

Injured people receive assistance from bypassers after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket Nairobi mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - A quick-thinking South African teenager has described how he survived an attack on Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall.

Zachary Yach told the BBC he and his family pretended to be dead before they were rescued from the besieged centre.

Al-Shabaab militants stormed the mall at lunch time on Saturday, killing more than 70 people.

A South African businessman died in the Kenya attack.

The 18-year-old was having lunch with his mother and sister when militants stormed the upscale shopping complex in the centre of Nairobi.

Yach says he and his family hid underneath a table and pretended to be dead for about two and half hours before they were rescued.

He says he feels lucky that he and his family were not taken hostage.

The teenager and his family recently moved to Kenya from South Africa.

He is the nephew of Cape Town swimmer Theodore Yach.

Meanwhile, Kenya is still in mourning following the deadly attack.

World leaders, including the Somali government, have condemned the attack by al-Shabaab.

The group has also threatened to carry out more attacks if Kenya does not pull out troops from Somalia.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to deal with those responsible and said his troops would not leave that war-torn country.