Kenyan forces kill hotel assailants who took 14 lives
The president has declared the security operation over after the Nairobi attack, which was claimed by Somali group al–Shabaab
Nairobi — Kenyan security forces have killed the militants who stormed an upmarket Nairobi hotel compound, slaying at least 14 people and forcing hundreds of others to make terrifying escapes, the government said on Wednesday. More than 700 civilians were evacuated from the DusitD2 complex after a 20-hour siege that echoed a 2013 assault that killed 67 people in Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre in the same neighbourhood. Some hid under desks as bullets shattered plate-glass doors. Others jumped from windows, or ran out under fire. “The security operation at the complex is over, and all the terrorists eliminated,” President Uhuru Kenyatta told the nation, looking drained and grave.
“As of this moment, we can confirm that 14 innocent lives were lost through the hands of these murderous terrorists.” Kenyatta did not specify how many assailants there were, but CCTV clips showed at least five dressed in black. One was seen waiting outside the restaurant before blowing himself up ...