Nigerian president condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

Nairobi terror attack

Explosions and gunfire intensified from dawn until police managed to secure the complex mid-morning.

"As they struggle to respond to this tragedy, authorities should make sure victims are receiving the help they need, but also carry out a full investigation into the attack with a view to ensuring justice for the heinous crimes", Namwaya said.

London-based firm Adam Smith International said two of its employees were shot dead in a cafe during the attack.

Sixteen Kenyans including a policeman, an American survivor of the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, and a British development worker were among the dead in the hotel 14 Riverside Drive complex, Nairobi police chief Joseph Boinnet said.

Kenyatta said about 700 people had been safely evacuated, vowed to avenge the 14 "innocent" lives lost.

Ali Salim Gichunge was rounded up after a raid at his house in the Ruaka suburb on Wednesday where he lived with his wife Violet Kemunto Omwoyo who is also being held by police. "With his auto on site, everyone believed he must be dead, but the description from neighbours and his wife has led to his arrest". "We hid in the room and then some police officers rescued us", he said.

Among the tributes are a message from the African Union Commission's chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, who condemned the attack, sent condolences and assured Kenyans of the AU's commitment to "to continue working with its Member States and partners in the fight against terrorism throughout the continent, as well as to pursue its efforts to stabilize the situation in Somalia and the fight against al-Shabaab, through its Mission in Somalia". We are now focused on offering all the support we can to them and to our staff.

Mucheru, however, said he had been impressed by Kenyans who posted images highlighting wildlife and other Kenyan attractions on social media in reaction to the attack.

An American working for a consulting and investment firm, who survived the 9/11 attacks in the USA, and a dual British-South African development worker were also among those killed.

As the attack unfolded, scores of terrified civilians barricaded themselves inside toilets and offices for hours.

Kenyatta however did not disclose the number of terrorists involved; however a CCTV footage seen by APA shows four heavily armed men of Somali origin storming the complex and shooting sporadically on Tuesday afternoon.

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Several private citizens and foreign security forces took part in the rescue operation.

"Security teams were well-coordinated under the General Service Unit; there was a centralised chain of command. clearly lessons have been learned".

While U.S. airstrikes have constrained al-Shabab's ability to operate by keeping its fighters on the run, it is still capable of carrying out spectacular acts of violence in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight it.

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