FEARS FOR BRITS IN HO­TEL TER­ROR

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FEARS were grow­ing last night that Brits may have been caught in a gun bat­tle be­tween Is­lamist ter­ror­ists and se­cu­rity forces in a posh Nairobi ho­tel.

So­ma­lia-based ex­trem­ist group al-Shabab yes­ter­day claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack on a lux­ury ho­tel com­plex in Kenya’s cap­i­tal and said that fight­ers were still inside.

Wit­nesses and po­lice at the scene in Nairobi called it the lat­est ter­ror at­tack in a coun­try that has seen sev­eral deadly ones in re­cent years.

The com­plex in the West­lands neigh­bour­hood in­cludes a large ho­tel known as DusitD2, banks and of­fices.

Peo­ple were rushed and car­ried from the scene, in­clud­ing some­one on a stretcher.

Wit­ness Charles Njenga said: “It is ter­ri­ble. What I have seen is ter­ri­ble. I have seen a hu­man dead as I ran out and there is what looks like minced meat all over.”

An­other man, who hid in an of­fice, added: “I have been hid­ing. My col­leagues were run­ning ev­ery­where. I didn’t see an at­tacker. It was a ter­ror­ist at­tack.” Gun­fire con­tin­ued sev­eral min­utes af­ter the first re­ports with black smoke ris­ing from the area.

A bomb dis­posal unit was on the scene and ve­hi­cles were last night be­ing cor­doned off for fear that they con­tained ex­plo­sives.

An un­ex­ploded grenade was also seen in a hall­way of the com­plex.

“We sent of­fi­cers from the anti-ter­ror­ism unit to the scene, but so far have no more in­for­ma­tion,” a po­lice spokesman con­firmed.

For­eign Of­fice staff were last night try­ing to es­tab­lish whether any Brits have been caught up in the drama.

For many, the at­tack im­me­di­ately re­minded Kenyans of the West­gate Mall at­tack in Nairobi in 2013, when al-Shabab ex­trem­ists burst into the lux­ury shop­ping cen­tre, hurl­ing grenades and starting a siege that left 67 peo­ple dead.

The com­plex under at­tack is less than two miles from West­gate Mall and is in what is con­sid­ered one of the most se­cure ar­eas of the city.

The at­tack came three years to the day af­ter al-Shabab ex­trem­ists at­tacked a Kenyan mil­i­tary base in So­ma­lia, killing scores of peo­ple.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab ob­jects to the pres­ence of Kenyan troops in the tur­bu­lent Horn of Africa na­tion.

CAR­NAGE: Fire en­gulfs ve­hi­cles af­ter at­tack by al-Shabab yes­ter­day

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