Members of security forces are seen at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya 15 January 2019/COURTESY
Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for an attack ongoing at 14 Reverside drive, Westlands in Nairobi, their spokesman told Reuters news agency.
“We are behind the attack in Nairobi. The operation is going on. We shall give details later,” said Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman.
A Somali journalist with Al Jazeera through a tweet said Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the ongoing attacks.
Hamza Mohamed tweeted that the group’s spokesperson told the gulf channel: “We are currently conducting an operation in Nairobi.
Law enforcement has affected multiple evacuations from the hotel and nearby businesses.
Police have quelled the fire and people are being evacuated.
Three people were confirmed dead.