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Nairobi hotel attacked by suspected militants

January 16, 2019 10:35 am
The security forces are trying to evacuate civilians from the Dusit hotel compound [Source: Reuters]

Suspected militants have attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, killing at least six people.

Gunfire and blasts were heard at the compound in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices.

The Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.

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Despite the government saying all the buildings were secured by Tuesday evening, fresh gunfire has since been heard.

Officials and witnesses said at least five people died at a restaurant in the complex in the incident, while another person died of their injuries in hospital.

A US citizen is among the dead, according to the US State Department.

But the total number killed is not yet confirmed – a mortuary worker told Reuters that it was at least 15.

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