The attackers detonated bombs in front of a luxury hotel, stormed the facility and then fought until morning shootout with the police: In an attack by Islamist terrorists in the Kenyan capital Nairobi at least 21 people have been killed – including according to official figures an American and a Briton, in addition, five attackers died, at least 28 more people were injured, as police chief Joseph K Boinnet announced.
The use around the hotel Dusit D2 began on Tuesday afternoon and ended only on Wednesday morning. President Uhuru Kenyatta then said: “All terrorists are eliminated.” He initially spoke of 14 fatalities, later this number increased further. More than 700 people were brought to safety during the operation, it was said.
The al-Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab claimed the attack for themselves. The act was in response to President Donald Trump’s decision in December 2017 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the militia said on the radio station Al-Andalus.
The attack started with an explosion in front of the hotel, then a suicide bomber blew himself up in the foyer, the police said. Some heavily armed attackers then entrenched themselves for hours in the complex. Eyewitness Joseph Katana reported that the attackers had fired indiscriminately. “But I was lucky enough to run away and hide.” Shots were heard early Wednesday morning.