Confirmed Reports: The Criminal attack at 14 Riverside Drive Nairobi where Dusit D2 hotel complex is located started at 3:00pm in a coordinated fashion that begun with an attack on I&M Bank.
An explosion targeted 3 vehicles at the parking lot and a suicide explosion at the Dusit D2 hotel complex, 14 Riverside Drive. Several guests suffered severe injuries and were rushed to hospital. There are no official reports as to who is behind this attack and if it is a terrorist attack.
However, owing to the swift and targeted response by security agents, the situation has been largely contained and 6 out of 7 floors of the hotel building have been secured. The operation continues to secure the remaining building in the complex. Working closely with emergency services and well as counselling and trauma services.
The National Police specialised units are on site at 14 Riverside Drive to engage the attackers. The officers main priority at the moment is to remain focused on the search and rescue of victims as well as neutralisation of the attackers.
According to BBC News Africa: A spokesman for Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility of the 14 Riverside Drive Attack for what he said is “an on-going operation in Nairobi”.
Data About Terrorist Attacks in Kenya:
Before we get deeper into this, here’s a short video from data-centered team: Odipo Dev. It is key to note that the narrative around terror attacks makes them seem like a rare event.
However, since 2011, Kenya has faced 321 terror attacks; that is a new attack every 9 days. Here’s a look at 29 of the deadliest attacks.Via: @OdipoDev It is key to note that the narrative around terror attacks makes them seem like a rare event. However, since 2011, Kenya has faced 321 terror attacks; that is a new attack every 9 days. Here's a look at 29 of the… Click To Tweet
3 things to do in a situation like the 14 Riverside Drive Attack: Run, Hide, Tell…
- Run: Don’t stop to pick up anything or close doors behind you. Just run and go as away from the attack location as you possible.
- Hide: If you are not in a position to run, hide and make sure your phone is on silent to avoid drawing attention as you await help.
- Tell: Text the police or someone who can help. Make sure you have emergency numbers on your speed dial.
Press Statement by Inspector General, Joseph Boinnet.
Members of the public are urged to go ahead with business as usual but remain vigilant and stay away from the 14 Riverside Drive area. For any information that will aid the investigation of this incident, please use this number 0722839978 belonging to Musa Yego, the Head of Flying Squad as the alternative to sharing the information.
Social Media Response to the 14 Riverside Drive Attack
John-Allan Namu of Africa Uncensored was also on the ground covering the on going events. Here’s an UPDATE on the situation at Dusit D2, 14 Riverside, Westlands, Nairobi in a series of live videos he shared earlier on:
Amedo Shair: As a somali, Like many other Somalis i do not Support Al Shabaab bt we are humiliated n Disrespected because pple tend to think “Every somali u see is Al shabaab” also pple shld bear in mind that Somalia is nt Alshabab.
Boniface Mwangi: What’s so sad about abuse, violence,terror and even death is that a time comes when you have to explain what evil is to a child. My kids heard the loud bang while at school and the sirens that followed.I am now explaining terrorism. Saying a prayer for everyone @ #RiversideAttack
Gathara: GoK is in a bind of its own making when it comes to urging Kenyans to only share information it has verified. I remember how , during previous attacks, most notably #Westgate and #ElAdde, it’s tried to suppress accurate information and to spread disinformation. #RiversideAttack
Tugen Girl: Clapping for a guy who was interviewed on Citizen. He said it would be unfair to tell about the evacuation process & the situation as is because not everyone has been rescued. ?????
BBC Africa: A spokesman for Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for what he said is “an on-going operation in Nairobi”. Some of the latest pictures from #riversideattack:
Leon Lidigu: Photo of the day .Sending so much love to you guys . @kdfinfo ❤❤❤ #RiversideAttack