#DusitHotelAttack: What we know so far

Dusitd2 attack
Burnout shells of cars at the entrance of the DusitD2 Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi. PHOTO | KEN KIMANTHI | NMG 

TA Nairobi building complex housing the upscale DusitD2 Hotel and other offices on Tuesday came under a suspected terror attack, with gunfire and explosions being heard.

Here is what we know so far:

  • Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet says Dusit attackers are suspected to be terrorists; says evacuations ongoing and asks for calm.
  • One suspect arrested in Riverside attack; many people rescued as police comb Dusit Hotel for attackers.
  • The complex at 14 Riverside Drive where the attack is underway houses a hotel, offices and banks.
  • Gunfire has continued since the first report of a possible attack. Some of workers in the complex have locked themselves in their offices.
  • Vehicles have been burnt at the entrance of the hotel. Police detonated a car that had explosives at the scene, the AP reports. The officers suspect other vehicles have explosives and have urged people to move away.
  • Security forces are on location and evacuation is underway. Some of the casualties with gunshot wounds have been taken to Aga Khan, Kenyatta and other hospitals in Nairobi.
  • Kenya Red Cross has set up a tracing desk. If you know anyone who might have been in the building and cannot get hold of them to get in touch on 0715820219
  • The attack comes just a day after the court preferred charges against three 2013 Westgate terror attack suspects.
  • Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility, their spokesman told Al-Jazeera.
  • The scene is 4km from Westgate.