Mitul Shah, Rajan Solanki, Nehal Vekaria, and Jyoti Vaya Among Indians Killed in Kenya Terror Attack

September 23, 2013 Updated: September 24, 2013

At least nine Indians–among them Anuj Shah, Jyoti Vaya, and Neha Mashroo–were killed in the terror attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall over the weekend.

The attack has killed at least 68 overall so far, including nine Indians. 

The seven dead from Gujarat are:

-Mitul Shah, whose family runs an oil exporting firm in Kenya (Bidco Oil)



-Anuj Shah


-Rajan Solanki, who founded the popular food blog Pika Chakula


-Jyoti Dharmesh Vaya and Maltiben Ramesh Vaya (37 and 41 years old), whose family lives in Rajkot


-Nehal Vekaria, 17, of Naranpar village

Vekaria’s grandfather Vaghjibhai Vekaria told the Times of India: ”Like every Saturday, she had gone to participate in a cooking competition at the mall when the terrorists attacked.”


-Neha Mashru, 16, whose family lives in Jamnagar



Two others, 8-year-old Parmashu Jain, the son of a local Bank of Baroda manager, and 40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan, an IT professor were killed, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman told AP. One of the four wounded Indians is reportedly Sridhar’s wife, Manjula.

“As we decide the next steps, we will appreciate if our privacy, in this difficult hour, is respected,” Sridhar’s family said in a statement, according to IBN journalist Smita Sharma.


MORE on Kenya attack and the victims:

Mbugua Mwangi Dead: Nephew of Kenya’s President Killed in Nairobi Mall Attacks

Is ‘White Widow’ Samantha Lewthwaite Behind Nairobi Westgate Mall Attack?

Kenya: Kristina Pratt, President Kenyatta’s Sister, Escapes Nairobi Mall Attack

Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber