15 killed in Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex, siege continues

Nairobi: Fifteen people have died in an Islamist attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said today, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day.

Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings, after an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab Islamists on Tuesday afternoon.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel while gunmen sprayed fire before engaging security forces and holing themselves up at the premises as civilians fled or barricaded themselves in their offices awaiting rescue.

Agency