Al-Shabab Bombs and Fires Live Bullets in Hotel Complex Nairobi

Massive explosion, gunshots rock 14 Riveside in Westlands
Massive explosion, gunshots rock 14 Riveside in Westlands

Two explosions and gunfire have been heard amid an apparent attack at an upmarket hotel and office complex in Kenyan capital Nairobi, witnesses say and the Somali Islamist militant group known as Al-Shabaab claimed it was “behind the attack” but did not give details.

“We are under attack,” a person in an office inside a complex in the DusitD2 hotel told Reuters, then hung up as thick black smoke billowed from the site.

“I just started hearing gunshots, and then started seeing people running away raising their hands up and some were entering the bank to hide for their lives,” a woman working in a neighbouring building told the news agency. She also heard two explosions, she said.
Police have responded to gunfire and explosion reported at on 4 Riverside Drive in Nairobi
Police have responded to gunfire and explosion reported at on 4 Riverside Drive in Nairobi

The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for the attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi and says its members are still fighting inside. The al-Qaida-linked group issued the claim via its radio arm, Andalus.

Explosions and gunfire have been heard at the complex in the Westlands neighborhood as dozens of people are rushed from the scene.

At least one person in bomb disposal gear can be seen. An unexploded grenade has been seen in a hallway of the shopping complex.

KDF soldiers manning the situation at 14 Riverside Drive in Westlands, Nairobi.
KDF soldiers manning the situation at 14 Riverside Drive in Westlands, Nairobi.