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A fire and sustained gunfire sent workers fleeing for their lives at an
upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday afternoon,
Reuters witnesses said.
One man came out covered in blood as students were evacuated from a nearby
university building. Four ambulances and a fire truck arrived at the scene as
fleeing office workers told Reuters colleagues were still huddled under their
Three cars were ablaze by the entrance and a picture of the hotel grounds on
Twitter showed what appeared to be a human a leg lying on the path.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the incident. Nairobi suffers
from violent robberies but has also been targeted by Somali Islamist militants,
who killed dozens of people in a shopping center in 2013 and nearly 150
students at a university in 2015.
Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo said they had cordoned off the area
around Riverside Drive, where the dusitD2 hotel is located, due to a suspected
But police are not ruling out a militant attack, spokesman Charles Owino
told Citizen Television.
“We have to go for the highest incident that could take place. The highest
incident we have is a terror (attack),” he said.
“I just started hearing gunshots, and then started seeing people running
away raising their hands up and some were entering the bank to hide for their
lives,” a woman working in a bank near the hotel said. She also heard two
“We are under attack,” another person in an office inside the complex told
Reuters, then hung up. A large plume of Smoke could be seen rising from the