Attack in Nairobi hotel Dusit D2, at least 11 dead

 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 

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Islamist extremists launched coordinated assault on the Dusit D2 compound which is an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities. The attack by armed gunmen represents the most high-profile terror attack in the East African country in several years. At least 11 people, including a US citizen have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise. The US state department confirmed a US citizen was killed in the attack.

 

 

 

As per the authorities ‘scores’ of Kenyans and foreign nationals had been evacuated from the compound. Though the site had been secured, sporadic gunfire continued to be heard hours after the all-clear had been given.

 

 

 

As per the SITE Intelligence Group, a ‘suspected terror attack,’ has been claimed by Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab.

 

 

Evans Ng’ong’a said that as they were leaving gunshots were heard all over the place and the attackers jumped over the fence and started shooting after the explosion.

 

 

 

Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of Kenya’s national police service reported that the attack began at a bank inside the compound Tuesday afternoon, with an explosion targeting three vehicles in the parking lot. It was followed by a suicide blast in the Dusit Hotel foyer, where guests sustained severe injuries. Armed officers escorted office workers and the injured people to safety as the sound of shots rang out.

 

 

 

Kenyan anti-terror units, other law enforcement agencies and ambulances rushed to the scene on Riverside Drive in Nairobi’s Westlands affluent neighborhood as people with bloodied clothes could be seen fleeing the complex. Nearby, students from the University of Nairobi’s Chiromo campus were evacuated onto the street.

 

 

 

US Ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec, UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the attacks. The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey said that his team will be working through the night to support the Kenyan authorities as they respond to this horrific attack and support any Brits who need our help.

 

 

 

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