Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab.
Nearly 11 hours after the assault began at Nairobi's upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, bursts of gunfire and an explosion were heard in the area, suggesting the situation was not yet under control despite government assurances.
Scores of people were still hiding inside the complex, a security source said, and a first responder in touch with many of them said some needed first aid for gunshot wounds. By 1 a.m. (2200 GMT), 15 bodies had arrived at Chiromo mortuary and more were expected, an attendant told Reuters.
Identification papers indicated that 11 were Kenyan, one was American and one was British, he said. The other two did not have documents on them.
People are evacuated at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound in Nairobi. (Reuters)
Members of security forces are seen at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi. (Reuters)
More than six hours after Tuesday’s attack began, many office workers were still holed up inside the complex as officers escorted small groups to safety, some with their hands in their air. Foreign security advisors at the site scrambled to make sure their clients were safe.