Kenyan security has taken full control of Nairobi DusitD2 Hotel building at 14 Riverside Street following a terror attack.
A joint security team comprising officers from various police and military specialized units took full control of the hotel building around 11pm pm on Tuesday evening, according to the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi.
In a three minute statement, Matiangi said the situation was under control and entire building had been. “A mop up exercise to secure evidence at the scene has been initiated. Kenya is safe,’ Matiangi told journalists in front of Harambee House.
Several gunshots were heard from the building minutes before the announcement was made. At least 15 people are confirmed to have been killed and more than 30 others injured in the attack and are admitted at different hospitals in Nairobi.
CCTV footage of the attackers has also emerged from the DusitD2 Complex. The footage shows four armed men dressed in black from top to bottom entering the complex on foot.
They shot at the guards at the main gate before entering the building. Kenya Police Service has since been able to identify some of the assailants as well as the owner of the vehicle that detonated outside the hotel perimeter.
It is still unclear whether any of the suspects was arrested alive given the fact that the police chief had indicated that the operation was meant to neutralize the criminals.
Initial information released by Kenya’s Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinet, indicated that the suspected terrorists arrived at the hotel around 3pm using motor vehicle registration number KCN 340E and another vehicle, which managed to bypass security guards and enter the hotel premises.
The attackers shot at the guards and threw a number of explosives at three different vehicles in the parking lot near I&M Bank before proceeding to the foyer of DusitD2 Hotel. At the foyer, a suicide bomber detonated his vest injuring a number of guests.
It was then that rapid shooting began. Several people sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to different hospitals including Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Mpisha Hospital, Agha Khan Hospital and Avenue Hospital among others.