Kenya hotel attack: 19 people still missing, says Red Cross


Kenyan police aided by bomb experts and sniffer dogs on Thursday resumed their search of the Nairobi hotel complex struck by Islamists as police arrested nine more suspects over the attack which left 21 dead and 28 injured.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter: "Really tragic news from Kenya - my thoughts are with the families and friends who have lost loved ones in this attack including one British citizen". Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in communications with journalists and posted a statement on its website.

With the attack, al-Shabab showed it can still strike despite heavy pressure by U.S., Somali and African Union forces against its strongholds in neighbouring Somalia.

The bloody bodies of five attackers were broadcast across social media as Kenyatta announced the end of the siege, which echoed a 2013 al Shabaab assault that killed 67 people in the Westgate shopping center in the same district.

- "Very confident" attackers - As the first explosion and gunfire rang out in the leafy Westlands suburb, hundreds of terrified office workers barricaded themselves in the complex while others fled.

Whereas it was speculated that the attack was a revenge on the decision by the Kenyan government to deploy its troops in to Somalia, Al-shabab now says that they attacked the upmarket complex because of the United States decision to move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

On LinkedIn, Dahir said he was passionate about photography and sharing "the stories of vulnerable people especially the voiceless victims of violence in order to educate the world about the detrimental impacts of war".

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Sixteen Kenyans including a policeman, an American survivor of the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, and a British development worker were among the dead in the hotel 14 Riverside Drive complex, Nairobi police chief Joseph Boinnet said.

This week's bloodshed in Kenya's capital appeared created to inflict maximum damage to the country's image of stability and its tourism industry, an important source of revenue.

Other unconfirmed reports indicate there were six attackers. However, gunfire continued into Wednesday morning, and dozens of trapped people were rescued overnight.

It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were in total. The company provides security for the DusitD2 complex that was stormed by several gunmen on Tuesday.

Jason Spindler, CEO of investment firm I-Dev International, is seen in this undated photo provided by I-Dev International in San Francisco, California, U.S. on January 16, 2019.

The Kenyan Red Cross said about 50 people were unaccounted for. He was having lunch at the targeted complex of the firm when the attack occurred, according to Spindler's colleagues.

Global development charity Gatsby Africa said the organisation was "shocked and saddened" following the death of its Africa programmes director Luke Potter.