FEARS FOR BRITS IN HOTEL TERROR
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.
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