14 Riverside attack survivor narrates horrific ordeal with terrorists

Members of security forces are seen at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard ...
Members of security forces are seen at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

A middle-aged man, who survived a terrorist attack at 14 Riverside in Nairobi has narrated a horrific experience that began at around 3:48pm on Tuesday.

The man who only identified himself as Jeremy, said he is a supplier of products for the dusitD2 hotel located at the premises that also hosts banks and offices.

He told Citizen TV that he had driven his truck into the hotel compound when the terrorists ambushed their way in.

“When I was walking into the hotel, I heard loud gunshots. Before I knew it, we were running helter-skelter to run away from the terrorists.

“During the commotion, we heard a group of around four men speaking to themselves, saying ‘Ua hao, ua hao (kill them, kill them) but I did not see them. However, a group of three women, who I was with in hiding, saw the attackers’ faces,” he said.

Another man, identified as a dusitD2 employee, told Citizen TV that he “thought it was a gas cylinder explosion”, when he heard the loud bang.

“I thank God we have been rescued, safely,” he said.

Citizen TV’s Francis Gachuri reported that as at 4:50PM Tuesday, all staff members at the hotel had been safely evacuated.

The number of the attackers is suspected to be six.

al Shabaab has since claimed responsibility for the attack, al Jazeera revealed.

A rescue mission is still underway and Recce squad officers have gained access into the premises.

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