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Suspected militants attacked Nairobi’s DusitD2 hotel

A group of suspected militants has attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, killing several people.

Eyewitnesses said gunfire and blasts were heard at the compound in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices.

Following the deadly incidence, the Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.

The group al-Shabab is a militant Islamist jihadist sect that opposes the Somali government but has also carried out attacks throughout East Africa.

Late on Tuesday, the Kenyan government said all buildings had been secured. Several people, some covered in blood, were evacuated from the complex by police.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet told reporters that the attack began at about 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT). The gunmen threw bombs at vehicles in the car park before entering the lobby, where one blew himself up.

At 20:00 GMT, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said security forces had secured all the buildings in the complex.

Scene of the attack

“The situation is under control, and the country is safe,” he told reporters. “Terrorism will never defeat us.”

Although some eyewitnesses’ accounts reported five bodies slumped over tables on a restaurant terrace in the complex, the number of victims remains unclear.

Located in the Westlands suburb, minutes from the capital’s business district, the five-star DusitD2 hotel has 101 rooms and has its spa and several restaurants.

Kenya has experienced several terror attacks in recent years – most notably in areas close to the Somali border and in the country’s capital.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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