Nairobi, Jan 15 : AT least one person has died and four have been injured in a terror attack at upscale hotel complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday in Nairobi,that sent people fleeing into the streets and left body parts on the ground.
The Somali al-Shabaab Islamist group claimed its fighters were responsible for explosions and gunfire at the DusitD2 hotel complex on Tuesday.
At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the compound. Eyewitnesses said that armed men hurled grenades outside the DusitD2 hotel compound, which is frequented by foreigners, before storming inside. The same compound houses several private and government offices
Vehicles were on fire in the car park and plumes of white smoke could be seen billowing from the scene into the air amid sustained gunfire. The police described it as a terrorist attack and were trying to rescue those inside the hotel and surrounding buildings.
The area around DusitD2 hotel was cordoned off.
“I am in 14 Riverside drive hiding in a bathroom and we are under attack,” tweeted one man who described himself as being on the scene of the attack. “There was a massive bombs blast then gunshots.”
Five patients were taken to the MP Shah Hospital and one died, said Toseef Din, the facility’s chief operating officer.
Kenya has been repeatedly attacked by militants of the Al-Shabab movement based in neighbouring Somalia. In September 2013, they attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and killed 71 people.