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Video Captures Attackers Storming DusitD2 Hotel Complex in Nairobi
The pictures of armed attackers who raided the Nairobi luxury hotel complex, DusitD2 on Tuesday afternoon have emerged.
The militants carrying AK47 assault rifles can be seen in a video footage circulated on social media.
It’s understood the armed men opened fire at security guards before blasting their way into the compound.
They can be seen storming the building and taking strategic positions in what appears a rehearsed operation.
The Somali-based Al Shabaab have since claimed responsibility for the attack which occurred in the affluent Westlands neighborhood.
Al-Shabaab, an Islamist extremist group with ties to Al Qaeda, has carried out many attacks across Africa in the past decade.
Video: Suspected Al Shabaab militants raiding DusitD2 Hotel Complex in Nairobi on Tuesday | ChimpReports
Kenya Attack: Special Forcers Battle Militants; 5 Attackers Dead
Following a terror attack on the luxurious Dusit Hotel located in the capital Nairobi, Kenya security agencies have deployed various specialized units to flush out the suspected attackers.
Last night, the cabinet secretary of Interior Affairs Dr. Fred Matiangi told the press that at least security operatives had secured 6 out of the 7 floors of the hotel building.
According to Matiangi, operatives comprising of anti-terrorist commandos and sharp shooters are in the final stages of the operation to put out of action the attackers believed to be held up in seventh floor of the hotel.
The cabinet minister assured Kenyans that security has been tightened across the country following the heinous act.
Dr. Matiangi said that the situation is now under control adding that “Terrorism shall never break us.”
He applauded the international community that joined in the ongoing operation, promising Kenya government shall remain and maintain smooth relationships with international actors.
The Inspector General of Kenya Police Joseph Boinnet described the incident as “a well-coordinated operation,” but efforts of search, rescue and neutralization of the criminal elements is still underway.
The IGP urged the public to stay calm and let the security agencies do their work
In the attack, it was established that a suicide bomber first blew up himself before other suspected terrorists made their way into the facility that houses a hotel and offices.
Eyewitnesses said that when the attackers gained access to the hotel, they opened fire indiscriminately, killing people.
However, scores escaped with both minor and severe injuries.
Immediately after the attack, Al Shabaab terrorist group said they were “conducting an operation in Kenya.”
Tuesday attack on Dusit hotel comes after three years when the same terrorist group attacked Westgate shopping mall, killing 67 people.
UN Condemns Kenya Terrorist Attack
Following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, and the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, condemned the act and said they stand in solidarity with the Kenyan people.
Expressing “total solidarity with the people, the Government, and the President of Kenya”, Mr. Guterres condemned “the horrible terrorist act,” during a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
In a statement later in the day, UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said “the Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a swift recovery,” noting that the UN chief “is following developments in the Kenyan capital closely.
General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés also expressed her “most sincere condolences to the government and people of Kenya”.
“I stand in solidarity especially with the victims of these acts of violence and with their families,” she added, strongly condemning “these unexplainable acts of extreme violence.”
According to news reports, the attack took place in a Nairobi luxury hotel complex, the DusitD2, in the Westlands neighborhood, where several armed assailants are reported to have opened fire and blasted their way into the compound.
The reports state that the attack was claimed by the group Al-Shabaab, an Islamist extremist group with ties to Al Qaeda, which has carried out many attacks across Africa in the past decade.