Nairobi: Heavy gunfire and blasts were reported in Kenya’s Westland district on Tuesday evening. At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the Dusit hotel as well as its offices compound. Somali-based militant group al-Shabab claimed the attack but gave no details.
According to eyewitnesses, four armed men entered the complex. Vehicles were on fire in the car park and medics were present at the scene.
People are leaving the site escorted by heavily armed officers.
Kenya has seen a number of terror attacks in recent years – most notably in areas close to the Somali border and in the country’s capital. In September 2013, al-Shabab militants entered the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and targeted shoppers using guns.
During an 80-hour siege at the upscale centre, 67 people were killed. Two years later, the group carried out its deadliest-ever assault in Kenya, shooting dead almost 150 people at Garissa University.
Al-Shabab, a militant Somali Islamist group, opposes the Somali government but has also carried out attacks throughout East Africa.