Gunfire and blast at Nairobi hotel complex in terror attack

Gunfire and blast at Nairobi hotel complex in terror attack

Terrorists attacked an upscale hotel complex in Kenya’s capital Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the neighborhood. A witness reported seeing at least two bodies.

Al-Shabaab – the Somalia-based extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead – claimed responsibility for the assault and said its members were still fighting inside.

Several vehicles burned and people were rushed, some carried, from the scene. At least one was on a stretcher. Some ducked behind cars, screaming. Others appeared to take cover behind fountains and other features in the lush outdoor complex.

The complex in Nairobi’s Westlands neighborhood includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, along with banks and offices. 

“It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible. I have seen a human as I ran out and there is what looks like minced meat all over,” said one man who said he ran from the scene, Charles Njenga.

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