US issues security alert to its citizens, scores feared dead in attack at Dusit Hotel

Security officers evacuate people on 14 Riverside Drive, Westlands following an attack on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. /COURTESY

Security officers evacuate people on 14 Riverside Drive, Westlands following an attack on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. /COURTESY

The US government has advised its citizens around the area of the attack on 14 Riverside Drive and Dusit Hotel in Westlands to move to safer places or remain in places deemed to be safe.

The advisory was dispatched shortly after the attack occurred.

“There are reports of an explosion and an active shooter situation at the Dusit Hotel complex in the Westland district of Nairobi. Avoid the area, monitor local news, and follow emergency instructions,” it said.

Police said in a tweet that they would issue a statement on the situation shortly after.

Police have asked motorists plying Waiyaki Way to use alternative routes to avoid inconveniencing the ongoing rescue and evacuation operation.

Reuters news agency and Al Jazeera reported that the Somali terror group, Al-Shabab, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three people have been confirmed dead.

The National Police has said specialized units are on site at 14 Riverside Drive to engage the attackers.

SOURCE:MKARIMU AND NEWS AGENCIES

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