Kenyan journo describes ongoing Nairobi hotel attack leaving 15 dead

Islamist militant group, Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on an upmarket hotel in Nairobi.

According to Daniel Wesangula, Sunday Standard journalist in Kenya, four men arrived at the hotel at midday on Tuesday and threw explosives at security officials before beginning shooting indiscriminately.

Most of it lasted for about an hour but security agents went into the area, half an hour into the attack, and rescued as many people as possible.

Daniel Wesangula, Journalist at Sunday Standard in Kenya

About 200 people were rescued from the hotel complex and the death toll currently stands at about 15 but there are fears that it will go up.

Daniel Wesangula, Journalist at Sunday Standard in Kenya

Wesangula says the terrorists have barricaded themselves in the seventh floor of the hotel and the operation to flush them out is still continuing.

It is still not clear if this is a hostage situation or not.

We can't really fault our security agents for what happened because all these terrorists need is one successful attack out of a thousand and they will make the news.

Daniel Wesangula, journalist, Sunday Standard

This just shows that there is something wrong with us humans, it needs to change.

Daniel Wesangula, journalist, Sunday Standard

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies also spoke to Vuyisa Qabaka, entrepreneur and co-founder at equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa who shared the sad of the passing of Jason Spindler CEO and managing director at I-DEV.

Spindler was one of the victims of the attack.

Jason was the biggest contributor to the whole eco-system in Nairobi having worked with a lot of startups helping them to raise capital from around the world.

Vuyisa Qabaka, entrepreneur and co-founder at Uprise.Africa

He was the biggest contributor to the work that we do on the whole continent.

Vuyisa Qabaka, entrepreneur and co-founder at Uprise.Africa

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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