NAIROBI – Police in Kenya suggested that the Tuesday attack on the Dusit hotel complex, in the country’s capital of Nairobi, was a suspected terrorist attack and rescue operations are still ongoing.
Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett, said that the attack started at about 15:00 when a group of unknown assailants attacked the DusitD2 complex, which consists of a hotel and several office buildings housing international companies.
“We regret to inform that today about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, a group of unknown armed assailants attacked the Dusit complex in what we suspect could be a terror attack. Security and managing services responded quickly to the incident. And we immediately cordoned off the area and the situation is being managed. And we’ve made a location of many persons in the complex. And the operation is still going as we speak as of now,” he said.
Bonnet revealed that rescue teams were taking stock of the number of people who sustained injuries following the attack while the number of casualties was yet to be independently verified by the time of going to press.
Boinett said security agencies are combing through the hotel to flush out the suspects believed to still be hiding in the building.
“We offer our prayers to those who are affected and we wish quick recovery to those who are injured. We are aware that there still could be some armed criminals still hold up in the building and our special forces are engaged in that operation flight them out,” he said.
He said evacuations are ongoing and police hope to bring the situation to normalcy within the shortest time possible.
The Somali-based militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility shortly after the attack.
The attack comes exactly three years after a Kenyan army base in Somalia was overran by the militants, killing dozens of soldiers.
Other recent attacks include the Garissa University attack where at least 147 students died in April 2015 and the Westgate Mall attack in September 2013 in which at least 67 people were killed.