In the case of the suspected Islamist attack on a hotel complex in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, are at least 15 people were killed. The news agencies AFP and AP reports citing the police.
The exact number of victims could be even higher: The security forces have can not browse because of the ongoing battles of the entire building complex. Local media had previously reported of a to at least six dead and around 30 injured.
Among the victims were also foreigners, the police said representatives. A representative of the US Ministry of foreign Affairs confirmed that at least one U.S. citizen came to the attack, the terrorist organization Schabab has claimed. Especially in Somalia, the active group is associated with the terrorist network al-Qaeda.
conference should be apart at the last Minute, been moved to be
Perhaps it had, the attackers also targeted foreigners. A US-organized conference was the target of the attack, the news Agency reported dpa, citing police. The event was supposed to take place originally in the attacked luxury hotel, but the location had been changed at the last Minute. A confirmation for this information yet.
Video: attack on luxury hotel
In Kenya, it always comes back to terrorist attacks, especially since the Kenyan armed forces of the neighboring country of Somalia since 2011 as part of a Mission of the African Union (AU) in the fight against the Shabaab militia support. The Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab has been trying for years, through attacks, your influence extend. They control large parts of southern and Central Somalia.
Ministry: “All of the buildings and the surroundings are safe”
TV images of the latest attack in Kenya showed burning cars. The injured were carried away from the scene of the crime. First, there was the complex, according to police, an Explosion in front of the hotel. Later, the attackers have blown themselves up in the Foyer of the hotel in the air, numerous shots were fired.
Some of the victims had been surprised, according to a report by the Reuters news Agency, in the Restaurant, the Secret Garden of the attackers. You will be dropped at their tables. Again, there is still no confirmation. However, it is expected that Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta turns in the Morning with a speech about the attack on the people.
people fleeing the attackers out of the building
The Hotel is located close to the Westgate shopping centre is located, where in the year 2013 in a terrorist attack at least 67 people died. A dpa Reporter, according to Nairobi were around the facility in a relatively wealthy district, to hear on early Wednesday morning, still shots and explosions. The interior Ministry announced meanwhile, civilians that had been protected by the security people in the building, had now been saved. “All of the buildings and the surroundings are safe.”