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14 killed, President Uhuru says attack is over

Written by: George Kalisa
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, 2:56

At least 14 people are confirmed dead following a nearly 20-hour attack on Dusit Hotel Complex that started Tuesday in Nairobi's upscale suburb of Westlands. An American and Briton were among the victims of the second deadly attack on the Kenyan capital Nairobi in three years. Over 700 have been rescued the police have said.


President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the attack is over and all the terrorfists have been killed.


"The security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists have been eliminated," said Kenyatta today during a state of the nation address.


"We have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost through the hands of these murderers, terrorists with others injured."


"We are grieving as a country this morning and my heart - and that of every Kenyan - goes out to the innocent men and women violated by senseless violence. We wish the injured quick recovery and as a nation, we will continue to pray for them," said Kenyatta.


The Somali based al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack as the Kenyan security forces were struggling to fix the security equations.


Reporters have said gunfire was still heard on Wednesday morning despite government’s assurance of security at the scene of crime and in the city.   


Al-Shabab has frequently been hurt the east African nations since 2011. In 2013, the merciless armed group attacked the Westgate mall in the capital which claimed about 67.


In April 2015 a university in Garissa, Eastern Kenya was attacked by the same group killing some148 mostly student.  


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