Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Gunfire, blast at upscale complex in Nairobi

Gunfire, blast at upscale complex in Nairobi

Al-Shabab - the extremist group allied to al-Qaida and based in neighboring Somalia - claimed responsibility for the carnage at the DusitD2 hotel complex, which includes bars, restaurants, offices and banks and is in Nairobi's well-to-do Westlands neighborhood with many foreign expatriates.

Immediately after, Kenyan security forces launched an operation to flush out the militants in what became a 20-hour siege of the hotel complex.

"It's good enough that no Thai people died", he said.

"What happened in Mandera today we did in revenge for what the non-believer government has done to innocent Muslims", Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the group, told Al Jazeera. People are being rushed and carried from the scene.

Ambulances, security forces and firefighters converged along with a bomb disposal unit, and vehicles were cordoned off for fear they contained explosives.

According to Kenya's Daily Nation, five people were killed on the terrace at the hotel complex's Secret Garden restaurant by a suicide bomber.

Heavy gunfire erupted and scores of people were seen fleeing the complex.

"What I have seen is awful", Charles Njenga, a man who ran from the scene, said.

After the September 11 terror attacks, Jason Spindler joined the Peace Corps, and he was also the recipient of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, his mother said.

Flames and plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky from the parking lot where several cars where ablaze.

"The two have red bandanas tied around their forehead and bullets strapped around their chest with several magazines each", the senior police officer said.

"We are aware that armed criminals are holding up in the hotel and specialist forces are now currently flushing them out".

A private security guard at the scene told AFP he had seen four "gangsters" entering the compound.

"Even as I speak, the committee remains seized of the situation not just Dusit, but throughout the country and will continue to remain seized of the situation until this current matter is brought to a close and the entire country is brought back to normality", he said. But he was joined in the mission by US Navy Seals, sources said.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia since 2011. "Then I saw shattered glass", Geoffrey Otieno, who works at a beauty salon in the complex, told Reuters."We hid until we were rescued". Hundreds of people were trapped inside throughout the clashes.

On 2 April, 2015, another Shabaab attack killed 148 people at the university in Garissa, eastern Kenya.

In its statement, the group noted the attack came exactly three years after its fighters overran a Kenyan military base in Somalia. A large group of women have been hurried out by security forces, one woman still in hair curlers. Other people appear to be taking cover behind fountains and other features in the lush outdoor complex.

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