Kenya was jolted rudely on Tuesday when Al-Shabaab terrorists run rampage in a gun and explosives attack that targeted a luxury hotel complex located in the Westlands area of the capital, Nairobi.
Somali-based insurgents Al-Shabaab have since claimed the attack that has so far killed about fourteen people according to official records. The insurgents put the death toll far higher – some reports indicate forty plus.
Police Chief Joseph Boinett and Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i spoke in tough language condemning the attack and stressing that all was been done to secure lives and properties.
In his update Minister Matiang’i said: “I would like to condemn in the strongest terms possible the heinous and cowardly attack that we all witnessed in Nairobi this afternoon. I can now report that we have secured all the buildings that had been affected by this event.
“The security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the buildings. We are now in the final stages of mopping up the area and securing evidence and documenting the consequences of this unfortunate event,” he added.
Several other people in and around the area of the attack sustained varying degrees of injuries and are being treated at different health facilities.
Meanwhile Close Circuit Television, CCTV, footage started emerging late on Tuesday into the possible attackers who arrived at the scene of the attack wielding guns dressed in black fatigue armed with grenades and what some experts believe to be suicide vests.
Long trail of condemnation, condolence
The attacks have as expected been severally condemned be it on social media, by fellow governments and continental and global diplomatic blocs and leaders.
Leading the charge is the Somali government. Their statement said Mogadishu stood in solidarity with Kenya in its war against terrorism which it said had a hideous face.
The African Union Chief of his part condemned the attack but also commended security forces for their swift action in curtailing further rampage by the terrorists. The United Nations chief and his deputy have also issued words of condemnation.
The government of the Federal Republic of #Somalia expresses its strong condemnation of the #terrorist attack on Tuesday at the #DusitD2 hotel complex in #Nairobi, #Kenya.— Ministry of Foreign Affairs ?? (@MofaSomalia) January 15, 2019
Appalled by news of the attack on innocent people in #Nairobi today. The AU stands in solidarity and grief with the people&Govt of #Kenya in condemning this cowardly attack which underlines the need to redouble our efforts to combat terrorism on the Continent.— Moussa Faki Mahamat (@AUC_MoussaFaki) January 15, 2019
#Kenya has been hit by a terrorist attack. Total solidarity with the people and the Government of Kenya. #Europe stands by #Africa in its fight against terrorism. #AUEU #KenyaAttack— Neven Mimica (@MimicaEU) January 15, 2019
EU_Commission#RiversideAttack UKenyatta pic.twitter.com/6GIHqTJdgO
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrible attack at the Dusit2 Hotel complex in Nairobi. We offer our deepest condolences to all who have been affected by this horrifying violence. 1/2— Ambassador Bob Godec (@BobGodec) January 15, 2019
We commend the courage of Kenyan security services actively working to end the attack. The U.S. Mission is in close communication with Kenyan authorities and is providing assistance. All Mission personnel are safe and we stand ready to assist U.S. citizens in need. 2/2— Ambassador Bob Godec (@BobGodec) January 15, 2019
#RiversideAttack— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) January 15, 2019
We sympathize with our Kenyan counterparts in this trying moment and pray that perpetrators of such acts are brought to book.