16 Jan 2019
15 dead as extremists attack Kenya hotel complex in Nairobi
An Islamist attack on an upmarket hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital has left 15 people dead.
Al-Shabab, the Somalia-based Islamic extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead, claimed the responsibility.
A video posted by Associated Press from inside the hotel showed Kenyan security officers anxiously searching the building.
Suicide bombing inside the hotel lobby wounded many guests
The coordinated assault began with an explosion that targeted three vehicles outside a bank yesterday.
A suicide bombing inside the hotel lobby followed the explosion and wounded a number of guests.
Authorities sent special forces into the hotel to flush out the gunmen.
More than five hours after the attack began, Kenya's national police chief, Joseph Boinnet said the counter-operation was still going on.