Nairobi, Kenya, hotel and office complex rocked by explosions, gunfire

NAIROBI, Kenya � A blast and heavy gunfire sent workers fleeing for their lives at an upscale hotel and office complex in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday.

“We are under attack,” one person in an office inside the complex told Reuters, before hanging up.

Several vehicles were burning and gunfire continued for several minutes, witnesses said.

“I just started hearing gunshots, and then started seeing people running away raising their hands up and some were entering the bank to hide for their lives,” a woman working in a neighboring building said.

Security forces at the scene in Nairobi, Kenya.Security forces at the scene in Nairobi, Kenya.Thomas Mukoya / Reuters

Police at the scene described the incident in the Westlands area of the city as a terrorist attack.

Nairobi suffers from violent robberies but has also been targeted by Somali Islamist militants.

Nairobi’s Westgate Mall was attacked in 2013, when al-Shabab extremists burst into the luxury shopping center, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead. The mall is less than two miles away from the site of Tuesday’s incident.

The attack came three years to the day after al-Shabab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in neighboring Somalia, killing scores of people.

Source: Dehai Eritrea Online