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WATCH: Gunfire, explosions reported near upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital, Nairobi

15 January 2019 1:28 PM
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WATCH: Gunfire, explosions reported near upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital, Nairobi

An upscale complex in Kenya's capital is under attack, with a blast and heavy gunfire.

The complex in Nairobi includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices.

Police spokesperson Charles Owino says that "we have sent officers to the scene, including from the anti-terrorism unit, but so far we have no more information."

Ambulances, security forces and firefighters have rushed to the scene, sirens wailing. A large group of women have been hurried out by security forces, one woman still in hair curlers.

What appears to be plainclothes security forces are seen inching their way toward the scene, guns in hand while helicopters can be heard. Other people appear to be taking cover behind fountains and other features in the lush outdoor complex.

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

Source: news24.com

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