The executive producers of the television series "24: Legacy" have issued an apology for using footage from the 2013 terror attack in Kenya which left 67 people dead, including two Canadians. The footage from the terrorist attack in Kenya's Westgate Mall was used a fictional terror attack taking place in Egypt in fourth episode of the show which aired last Monday.
In a statement, the show's executives said they "regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairobi" and assured viewers that they would be removing it immediately from all future broadcasts and versions of the series. They have apologized for "any pain caused to the victims and their families." The said scene showed a group of masked gunmen entering the Westgate mall and shooting at victims, while others fled for their lives.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, the show's creators were labelled as being "insensitive and reckless" by the Kenya Film Classification Board. "It flies in the face of basic considerations of human dignity, in total disregard of the feelings of the victims and their families", said Ezekiel Mutua, the chief executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board. It is still not yet clear how the show managed to obtain the footage of the attack.
The series, which is a spinoff of the original "24" starring Kiefer Sutherland, premiered on February 5, 2017 immediately following Superbowl LI. Some Kenyans expressed outrage at the episode and took to social media using the hashtag #SomeoneTellFox.
According to a report from the AV Club, this is not the first time the show has come under fire, despite the fact that it is only four episodes into its inaugural season. The pilot episode of the show was heavily criticized for featuring the murder of a white family by a Middle Eastern man. The episode aired a short time after President Donald Trump's immigration ban and was described as being "Islamophobic."
Al-Shabab, a Somali group that has been linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist faction, claimed responsibility for the September 2013 attack. The group claims their motive behind the attack was to punish the Kenyan government for sending out troops to an African Union peacekeeping mission in Kenya. The group is also responsible for a string of other terrorist attacks in Kenya.
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