At least 14 people were killed in a terror attack at a five-star hotel in Kenya.
The attack reportedly started when four people opened fire at a security checkpoint, then barged their way into a square that houses a hotel, shops, and apartments. One of the attackers also detonated a suicide bomb. The siege lasted for 20 hours before security forces were able to contain the situation.
At least 30 people were reportedly injured. One U.S. citizen, Jason Spindler, who founded a company that brought business to emerging markets like Nairobi, was among those who were killed.
700 people were evacuated from the DustiD2 hotel during the attack. The Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. The group also carried out an attack at a Nairobi mall in 2013, killing 67 people.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that militants involved in the hotel attack have been “eliminated” and doctors say since the attack, Kenyans have come out in overwhelming numbers to donate blood to victims.
“We have been overwhelmed with the number of people who have come and donated blood to us which we are very thankful to our Kenyan population, they have really stood by our side,” stated M.P. Shah Hospital chief operating officer Toseef Din.