Nairobi: Explosions and heavy gunfire rocked an upscale hotel complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday in a terrorist attack that sent people fleeing into the streets and left body parts on the ground, the media reported. The Somali-based militant group Al-Shabaab claimed the attack on Riverside Drive in Nairobi’s affluent Westlands neighbourhood, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices, but gave no details, the BBC reported. At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the compound.
Eyewitnesses said that armed men hurled grenades outside the DusitD2 hotel compound, which is frequented by foreigners, before storming inside. The same compound houses several private and government offices Vehicles were on fire in the car park and plumes of white smoke could be seen billowing from the scene into the air amid sustained gunfire. The police described it as a terrorist attack and were trying to rescue those inside the hotel and surrounding buildings. The area around DusitD2 hotel was cordoned off.