Nairobi under siege

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Nairobi under siege

Cars burning at a Nairobi resort

Cars burning at a Nairobi resort

Cars burning at a Nairobi resort

Cars burning at a Nairobi resort

Brock Maloy, Staff Writer

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Early Tuesday morning the capital of Kenya, Nairobi was rocked by explosions and gunfire. Multiple gunmen charged into a hotel firing shots and setting off explosions.  The gunmen had control of the complex for eighteen hours, setting cars on fire and a suicide bombing in the foyer. Throughout the attack, they were not discriminating with their firearms, killing at least 21 dead, including fifteen Kenyans and one police officer. The original estimate was nine, but a CNN source said that was a “conservative” estimate and expected to rise. 

Fears are growing that Americans may have been inside, but no confirmation.  The Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group.  They are notorious around the horn of Africa for their car bombings and other atrocities. Somalia’s new president has made it a priority to rid the nation of the militants, but a lack of organization has slowed the process. 

 

All of this comes just six years after Al-Shabaab cowardly attacked a luxury mall in Nairobi,  killing 67.  As of early Wednesday morning in Kenya, sounds of gunfire have been reported and even more explosions.  150 more survivors have been evacuated in what has been a horrific scene in Kenya.  The United States also confirms one of the victims was American.

 It is believed that the group infiltrated Kenya through the unguarded Somalian border, which is the most lawless land in the word.  The manhunt searched for other assailants and eleven arrests have been made. In a follow up statement, the terrorist group claimed the attack was in response of President Trump moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. What was thought to be the most secure place in the capital has been penetrated and someone needs to look over security in the area.

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