Somali Al-Shabaab claims ongoing terror attack on Nairobi hotel complex

At least one fatality and an unknown number of injured reported in an ongoing terrorist attack on the upscale DusitD2 hotel-cum-office complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Tuesday Jan. 15. First reports say a suicide bomber and at least four heavily armed gunmen are moving around and shooting in the building and some hostages may be held. The huge complex contains an upscale hotel, offices, a bank, shops, other businesses and foreign missions. The Somali Al-Shabaab has taken responsibility. Anti-terror police need to decide the location of the gunmen before going without risking the hostages. People are still holed up in hotel rooms and offices as attempts are made to rescue them. Special Kenyan forces are moving into position.  Cars are blazing outside the complex. Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo said officers had cordoned off the area around Riverside Drive and armed anti-terror police were at the scene. In 2013, Islamist terrorists killed 67 people in a siege lasting for days at Nairobi’s Westgate shopping center.

 

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