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Terrorists attack Upscale Hotel Complex in Kenya

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Upscale Hotel Complex in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi is under attack by terrorists as a blast and heavy gunfire was heard by eyewitnesses who called it a terror attack.

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A Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab, has claimed responsibility of the attack at the Upscale Hotel Complex. Residents of the area reportedly fled the area as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the neighborhood.  Al-Shabab — the Somalia-based extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead,  told Al Jazeera;

“We are currently conducting an operation in Nairobi.”

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The complex in Nairobi which includes a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices, was stormed by four men who opened fire around 3pm local time. Black smoke rose from the scene with a number of cars also on fire. 

Four ambulances and a fire truck arrived at the scene as fleeing office workers told Reuters colleagues were still huddled under their desks.

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Police spokesman Charles Owino says that “we have sent officers to the scene, including from the anti-terrorism unit, but so far we have no more information.”

Mr Owino told Citizen Television it may be a militant attack.

“We have to go for the highest incident that could take place. The highest incident we have is a terror (attack),” he said.

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The hotel complex under attack is less than 2 kilometers from Westgate Mall and is in what is considered one of the most secure areas of the city. It lies on a relatively quiet, tree-lined road near a main avenue. Its website says it is “cocooned away from the hustle and bustle in a secure and peaceful haven.”

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