Death toll from Kenya hotel attack rises to 21

by Garry Watts January 18, 2019, 2:55
Death toll from Kenya hotel attack rises to 21

We will pursue them relentlessly wherever they may be until they are held to account.

Luke Potter was killed, along with 13 others, after only recently moving to the Kenyan capital to work for Gatsby Africa, Reuters reported.

"We ask that you please respect the privacy of his loved ones and colleagues at this extremely hard time".

Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed 47 people inside DusitD2 Hotel, part of a Thai-owned worldwide chain that appeared to be the chief target of the attackers.

He described himself on his company website as loving water-sports, camping, hiking and talking about adventures outside the city.

'I would like to reiterate that the situation is under control and the country is safe, ' he said.

An American working for a consulting and investment firm, who survived the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., and a dual British-South African development worker were also among those killed.

His remarks came after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed in an address to the nation on Wednesday morning that 14 civilians had been killed and hundreds rescued in the attack at DusitD2 Hotel complex located on 14 Riverside Drive in the district of Westlands in Nairobi.

Mr Spindler, who worked to grow businesses in emerging markets with his firm I-DEV International, joined the Peace Corps in Peru after the U.S. attacks.

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An American 9/11 survivor, two "inseparable" Kenyan cousins and a British citizen are among the 21 people killed in the Nairobi siege that ended after 20 hours.

"I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands", he said.

His brother, Jonathan, confirmed his death on Tuesday, saying: "It's with a heavy heart that I announce that my brother, Jason, passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi", reported.

The Kenyan Red Cross said about 50 people were unaccounted for. "I am grateful to have known and learned from him". The Islamic extremist group also carried out the assault on Kenya's Garissa University in 2015 that claimed 147 lives, mostly students. He was having lunch at the targeted complex of the firm when the attack occurred, according to Spindler's colleagues. He escaped from Building 7 before it was completely destroyed.

His mother Sarah told NBC News that her son "was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets".

A mortuary official said there were also 11 Kenyan victims, a British victim, one with no papers as well as an unidentified torso of a male adult.

Several loud booms were heard Wednesday as teams sought to clear the complex of booby traps and other explosives.

Whereas it was speculated that the attack was a revenge on the decision by the Kenyan government to deploy its troops in to Somalia, Al-shabab now says that they attacked the upmarket complex because of the United States decision to move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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