Terrorists who murdered at least 14 people in an attack on a luxury hotel in Nairobi that lasted over 20 hours have all been “eliminated”, confirms the country’s President.
A British man is amongst the dead, along with 12 Kenyan’s and an American have not yet been named. President Uhuru Kenyatta said that more than 700 others were led to safety.
Kenyatta urged Kenyans to “go back to work without fear” in his confirmation that the terrorists have been killed.
“I can confirm that… the security operation at the Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated.
“As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost to the… terrorists, with others injured.
“From the means available to the security services and judicial arms, we will continue taking every step to make our nation inhospitable to terrorist groups and their networks.”
Kenyatta did not confirm that people were still hiding on site, but promised to “pursue relentlessly” those involved in the funding, planning and execution of the attack.
Al-Shabaab – the Somalia-based Islamist extremist group that is allied to al Qaeda – claimed responsibility for the deadly siege. CCTV footage broadcast on local media showed four black-clad, heavily-armed men entering the complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Al Shabaab has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it since 2011. Tuesday’s violence came three years to the day after al Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing scores of people.
The group has killed hundreds of people in Kenya.