Terrorist attack in Westlands Nairobi

KEY POINTS:

  • Terrorist attack on Tuesday 15 January around 15h00
  • Westlands, DusitD2 Complex 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi
  • 21 Dead (I6 Kenyans, 1 Breton 1 American and 3 undetermined)
  • 6 attackers killed
  • Several arrests who may have facilitated the attack

By AFP

A gunfight was underway following a blast at a hotel and office complex in a leafy Nairobi neighbourhood Tuesday, witness said.

Motorists wait in traffic following an explosion and gunfire near Dusit Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi, January 15, 2019. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A blast at the DusitD2 compound, which includes a hotel and several office buildings housing international companies, was heard some five kilometres away.

Simon Crump, who works at one of the offices, said workers had barricaded themselves inside their offices after “several” explosions.

“We have no idea what is happening. Gunshots are coming from multiple directions,” he said, adding that the people were terrified.

Police sirens echoed through the city and a helicopter buzzed overhead.

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