Kenya Terror Attack: British and American citizens among victims

A day after the Kenya Terror Attack, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Islamists who stormed the upmarket hotel complex, killing 14 people, had been “eliminated” after an almost 20-hour siege in which hundreds of civilians were rescued, AFP reports.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up and gunmen engaged security forces in numerous shootouts during the assault on the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings.

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Kenya Terror Attack All Jihadists have been killed – President Uhuru


The attack was claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has repeatedly targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.

The sight of armed Islamists and terrified civilians fleeing reminded Kenyans of a 2013 Shabaab attack on the Westgate mall left 67 dead in a siege that stretched out over four days and led to sharp criticism of the security response.

In a televised address, Kenyatta said some 700 civilians had been evacuated throughout the attack at DusitD2, with the swift and effective work from security forces drawing widespread praise in local media.

“I can confirm that… the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation.

“As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost to the… terrorists, with others injured.”

Police sources and a mortuary official had previously reported 15 dead.

It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were in total.

CCTV footage broadcast on local media showed four black-clad, heavily armed men entering the complex on Tuesday afternoon.

At least one of them blew himself up at the start of the attack.

A police source said two attackers had been shot dead Wednesday morning after a prolonged shootout.

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

“Each had an AK47 which has been secured.”

Briton, American among dead

The attack began at about 3pm (1200GMT) on Tuesday afternoon, with a loud blast followed by gunfire and rapid calls for help spreading on Twitter.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said the attack began with an explosion targeting three cars in the parking lot and a suicide bombing in the foyer of the Dusit hotel.

Among the dead was an American citizen, a State Department official said.

A mortuary official said there were also 11 Kenyan victims, a British victim, one with no papers as well as an unidentified torso of a male adult.

It was a tormented night for families of those trapped as they waited outside the hotel, with sporadic gunfire ringing out, and the rescue of dozens of people at about 3:30am (0030GMT).

Explosions and gunfire intensified from dawn until police managed to secure the complex mid-morning.

As the first explosion and gunfire rang out in the leafy Westlands suburb, hundreds of terrified office workers barricaded themselves in the complex while others fled.

Distraught family members arrived at a nearby mortuary on Wednesday, where they said they had not been permitted to view the bodies.

“My sister is not in any of the hospitals and the last time we spoke she was a bit calm but suddenly she started crying and shouting and I could hear gunshots and her phone remained on but she wasn’t speaking,” said a woman who gave her name as Njoki.

“We have no doubt her body is here. Let them allow us in”, she said, weeping.

A number of heavily-armed foreign forces, who appeared to be from embassies based in Nairobi, were at the scene alongside Kenyan security officers.

One survivor rescued from the building told a local television station the attackers were “very confident; they were people who knew what they were doing”.

John Maingi said there had been “a flash of lights and a loud bang” at the Secret Garden restaurant where he works.

“When I peeped outside I saw a human leg which has been cut off. We hid in the room and then some police officers rescued us,” he said.

Reuben Kimani, a barista who was rescued after several hours trapped inside the hotel, said he recognised one of the attackers as a client.

“I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands,” he said. “I saw them. They shot six of my friends, four didn’t die but two succumbed.”

An editorial in the Daily Nation newspaper said the attack was a stark reminder that Kenya’s security challenges were far from over.

The last major attack in the country took place in 2015, when Shabaab killed 148 people at the university in Garissa, eastern Kenya.

Since then sporadic attacks have targeted security forces mostly in the remote northeastern parts of the country.

“Just when we thought that things were calm, the gangs unleashed mayhem. For Kenyans the chilling reality is that the attacks are not ceasing,” read the editorial.

In its statement, Shabaab noted the attack came exactly three years after its fighters overran a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing some 200 soldiers.

The government has refused to give a toll or disclose details about the attack.

237 Comments

  1. What is it with those deadly Islamic set that have decided to kill for no good reason, this jihadist believe have to stop

  2. Now this is a serious and scary news. I pray for peace to be restored in Kenya and may the innocent lives lost Rest in Peace

  3. Heartless being I don’t know why they find it so easy to kill human like chicken ,they should be sentenced to dead

  4. SO SO SORRY FOR KENYAS IT IS WELL TERRORIST ARE ALL OVER THE WORLD NOW TO MAKE THINGS WORST NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY WANT JUST A CHEAP NAME AND PUBLICITY WITH HUMAN LIFES….USELESS SET OF HUMANS SENT FROM HELL BY THE DEVIL…ANYWAY WE ALL NEED TO EMBRACE GOD AS IT WAS MENTIONED IN REVELATION THAT THESES ARE THE CLEAR SIGNS OF END TIME…

  5. They really killed alot of people and damaged much….they should make sure they catch all and through them to prison or kill them by hanging

  6. Where is Africa going , security not safe any where. Going out problem.working place another problem. May God protect his children from all these blood sucking demons that derive Joy in killing people.

  7. It’s an odd world, it’s a strange world. Unbelievable strange things are happening. Killing s here and there.

  8. How can he say that he has eliminated all the jihadist group, it’s just Luke saying that you have eliminated all wood ants in the forest. That is fallacy of the highest order.

  9. Stupid set of people, that hide on the name of Allah to cause problem to world, may All deal with them

  10. The kenyan security forces deserve commendation on this one, terrorists attack in africa is becoming something else God save your children

  11. It’s an odd world, it’s a strange world. Unbelievable strange things are happening. May God deliver us

  12. This is terrible, they should be dead also cos I don’t want to hear that some were arrested, they should be gun down. Nonsense! Rip to the peaceful lost souls.

  13. Terrorism everywhere. And come to think of it, this often come from the Islamic group. Please they should call themselves together and educate themselves that you can’t serve God by killing innocent souls

  14. I think African countries needs to be more at alert and cautious security wise. Our borders are too porous and that on it’s own is costing us a whole lot.

  15. Oh Lord help us, people life are been wasted for noting, thank God caught nd some killed, God pls guard our country, keep us safe

  16. At least they are caught am very happy now the confession will begin truth must come out they should handle the case with seriousness

  17. Terrorist attacks everywhere what’s going on. Let African countries should come together and tackle this for peace.

  18. Islam is not a religion of terrorism, if someone is a terrorist he have to be on his own not comparing with his religion. I don’t know any peaceful religion in this universe better than Islam.so people should find their sense.

  19. This Islamist jihadists have made Kenya a terror prone country. This attacks will be scaring away tourists and this will also affect their economy. May the souls of the lost ones rest in peace.

  20. What do they gain in killing taking innocent life God have Marcy on them rest in peace to the lost life’s

  21. For such thing to happen in Kenya, meaning the world is turning into something else. May God deliver us all

  22. They deserve to die no mercy if they don’t it will continue torture them to say who sent them and their reasons wicked people

  23. This is a welcome development from Kenya unlike Nigeria where they have politicized the fight against Book Harram due to personal and selfishness interests.

  24. Comment*Islamic terrorist are almost everywhere I don’t know why they love suicide bombing and am sorry for those victims they shot.

  25. This life that is very sweet, someone will take his life all in the name of religion, may God help us, may the soul of the faithful departed rest in peace

  26. What do these terrorists gain in attacking and killing people, these their believes of killing are terrible, so bad for them, the security apparatus of these nations should put themselves to serious work

  27. These Kenyan attack is bad o, just imagine the number of people who lost their lives, hope they keep peace in the country to avoid war

  28. We need your help oh God.. See how created humans are wasting precious life’s the can never create.

  29. It is the government that has been causing all this crisis. If such issue should stop, government should react to the issue at hand

  30. When will all this terrorist attack come to an end…. May the souls of the victims involved rest in peace

  31. Senseless killing of innocent people in the name jihad is barbaric and wickedness, very unislamic and unacceptable and unacceptable.

  32. salute for the swift response,in nigeria,it would have been a different case.kenya yet needs to do more to improve its security apparatus

  33. I pray for peace and stability.and anyone there should be law abiding. Those who lost their lives may their soul rest in peace

  34. Okay. At least the right thing was done. But come to think of the loss. How it will affect the well being of its citizens.

  35. They must re enforce more military man to the place because they might re attack again as for the dead rip to the wounds one I pray God grant you quick recovery

  36. What do the terrorist want to gain in shedding the innocent blood? So they are even in all the world, they must be bring to justice. RIP to the deceased

  37. When are we going to seen an end to all these.. May God help us and may the souls of all those who lost their lives rest in peace

  38. The devil is using territories to attack and kill peoples nowadays especially Christians,God pls protect you people in these wicked world Amen.

  39. May God save us from terrorism, terrorists every where and no nation is at rest. May God rest the souls of those who lost their lives.

  40. this world is really coming to an end.this is really endtime. they should employ more military army to that area.

  41. Rest in peace to those who lost their lives.These terrorist are really wicked.To think that one even blew up himself.Different countries with their own experience

  42. Terrorists all over the world. Why can’t we live peacefully. We will all die some day. Rest in peace to all deceased persons

  43. African countries should come together and step up her security. No where is safe; terrorists every where killing people like chicken, no more value for human lives. To the departed souls rest in peace

  44. security not safe any where. Going out problem.working place another problem. May God protect his children from all these blood sucking demons that derive Joy in killing people.

  45. This is very terrible, I can’t imaging how the nation is feeling right now cos they where totally taken unaware

  46. Heartless being I don’t know why they find it so easy to kill human like chicken ,they should be sentenced to dead immediately.

  47. Heartless being I don’t know why they find it so easy to kill human like chicken ,they should be sentenced to dead

  48. The government should do something about this people, if not they will keep on killing people for nothing sake.

  49. I have not seen or heard any religion that say killing humans is key, I pray that the eyes of there understanding be enlightened so that they know the truth.

  50. These terrorist should be punished for yhe innocent civilians that lost their lives because I know that its not all of them that were killed in the shootout

  51. I could you just say you have killed terrorists just like that, please dont endanger the lifes of your people with this your political statement, I pray your country overcome the terrorists but terrorists can’t just be overcome just like that. May God your people

  52. Jihadists, why would any religion prescribe death for unbelievers? The Kenyan police deserve utmost commendations. This is so pathetic, a society that no longer respect the sanctity of human lives.

  53. You’ll just blow up yourself for a useless course and be causing people pains. May the departed souls rest in peace, amen.

  54. Good news. Don’t know if these jihadists ever get tired or see that what they’re doing is not good.

  55. Its only God kingdom that can eradicate and put an end to these set of evil doers

  56. security not safe any where. Going out problem.working place another problem. May God protect his children from all these blood sucking demons that derive Joy in killing people.

  57. These are terrible killings… I believe there are top government officials who aid these terrorists. It’s high time the security is levelled up and those found guilty punished by death sentence. May the souls of the deceased persons rest in peace. Amen.

  58. This must stop,it’s getting out of hand with this Islamists. Name only them dry this world.

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