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Several killed in Kenyan luxury hotel attack

A luxury hotel in Kenyan capital Nairobi has been attacked by suspected militants, with up to 15 people reported killed and 30 people being treated in hospital. 


Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet told press that the attack began when gunmen threw bombs at vehicles in the car park before an assailant blew himself up in the hotel lobby. 


Image AP Photo/Brian Inganga


According to the BBC, the government said all of the buildings at the hotel complex were secured Tuesday evening, but gunfire was heard again afterwards. 


Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. 


The luxury property, called DusitD2 is located in a compound in the Westlands district of Nairobi. It has 101 rooms, a spa and several restaurants. 


"The situation is under control and the country is safe," Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i told reporters. "Terrorism will never defeat us."


A woman working in a neighbouring building told Reuters, “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.”


According to media, some hotel workers had barricaded themselves in rooms within the hotel.


In a statement this morning, Australian wholesaler Bench Africa said it did not have any passengers directly affected by the event, and that it did not use the hotel where the attack occurred.  


“We are keeping in touch with passengers either directly or through our local office/operator in Kenya,” Bench general manager Martin Edwards said in an email to Traveltalk, also reminding people to register their holiday on to stay abreast of safety and security matters.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 16 January 2019

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