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Scores killed in deadly militant attack on Kenyan hotel

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The complex houses the Dusit D2 hotel as well as offices. Workers were seen by eyewitnesses fleeing for their lives.

At least five people are reported dead after militants on Tuesday launched an attack on a luxury hotel complex in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Police sources and journalists who were at the scene of the attack however say more than ten bodies have been seen.

There were sustained gunfire and fire within the complex in Westlands district of the city.

The complex houses the Dusit D2 hotel as well as offices. Workers were seen by eyewitnesses fleeing for their lives.

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The Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab has already claimed responsibility for the attack. Four armed men were reported by eyewitnesses to have entered the complex shortly before the attack.

Kenya’s police unit has confirmed the incident and said officers have been dispatched to the hotel to engage the attackers.

A police spokesperson Charles Owino told local TV station network Citizen Television that “We have to go for the highest incident that could take place. The highest incident we have is a terror (attack)”.

How the attack was executed

According to Daily Nation, “the attackers arrived using a car, KCN 340E, and another vehicle that advanced further in.

They forced their way into 14 Riverside Drive and forced security guards to open the gate by shooting at them.”

The newspaper also reports that the attackers “then advanced and hurled explosives into vehicles at the parking lot before making their way into Dusit D2 Hotel which houses several offices and hotels.”

There are reports of a suspect been arrested with police rescuing many people.

Kenya continues to suffer terrorist attacks mostly carried out by al-shabab fighters.

In 2013 an attack carried out on a shopping centre killed dozens while nearly 150 students were also killed at a university in 2015.

Source: African Feed

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