Photo of 2013 terrorist attack victim, not Chinese woman killed in Kenya for Covid-19 symptoms 

“Suspected female Chinese with covid 19 stoned to death in Nyali Mombasa after she failed to go to hospital,” reads the headline of an article posted on a Kenyan Facebook group page.

The 18 March 2020 article claims supermarket staff noticed that the woman had symptoms of Covid-19, the coronavirus disease. It says her neighbours had already asked her to seek treatment. She refused, the article says, which “angered” the people of  Nyali, who “stoned her to death”. 

Nyali is a suburb in Mombasa, a city on Kenya’s southeastern Indian Ocean coastline. 

The article and similar posts circulating on Facebook include a photo of a woman being carried into an ambulance. 

Was the woman murdered for showing symptoms of Covid-19? We checked.

Photo from Westgate terrorist attack in Nairobi

A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo was taken on 21 September 2013 by Associated Press journalist Sayyid Azim. It shows the terrorist attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. The attack left 67 people dead.

The photo was published in the Edmonton Journal, a Canadian newspaper, with the caption: “A woman’s body is removed from the car by the Kenya Red Cross outside the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday Sept. 21 2013.”

There have also been no credible media reports of a woman killed in Kenya for showing symptoms of Covid-19.

The Chinese embassy has not made any statement that a Chinese citizen has been attacked. The story is false and the photo from another tragedy. – Grace Gichuhi


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