14 Riverside management finally speaks out on terror attack


14 Riverside management finally speaks out on terror attack
Vehicles on fire after a suspected terror attack at the dusitD2 hotel at 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • In a statement to newsrooms, the establishment’s management condemned the heinous attack terming it a “traumatic experience, that we would wish to erase from our minds but we cannot afford to forget.”
  • They also offered their condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased, further committing to provide support to all the affected persons to speedily recover.
  • They, however, asked the public to remain patient and allow the relevant authorities to complete and finalise their investigations.

The management of 14 Riverside Drive on Thursday came out to speak on the Tuesday afternoon terrorist attack carried out in their premises, claiming lives of 21 people.

In a statement to newsrooms, the management condemned the heinous attack terming it a “traumatic experience, that we would wish to erase from our minds but we cannot afford to forget.”

They also offered their condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased, further committing to provide support to all the affected persons to speedily recover.

“We have been injured but we refuse to be cowed by such cowardly acts, which only serve to renew our commitment to overcome all forms of violence, oppression and discrimination,” read the statement.

The management also expressed gratitude to the Kenyan Security Forces as well as humanitarian agencies including the Kenya Red Cross Society, St. John Ambulance and the Rotary Club for their rapid response, courageous and swift containment of the situation.

“We sincerely thank University of Nairobi Medical School and Chiromo Funeral Home, Kenyatta National Hospital, Avenue Hospital, Aga Khan University Hospital and M.P. Shah Hospital among others, for offering medical support,” added the statement.

While thanking the media for rallying the outpouring of public support, 14 Riverside management also passed their gratitude “to the selfless Kenyans from all walks of life for promptly donating blood, volunteering and standing with us, at our darkest moment.”

They, however, asked the public to remain patient and allow the relevant authorities to complete and finalise their investigations.

The Tuesday afternoon attack left 21 people dead, tens of others injured and at least 700 safely evacuated as shots of gunfire and bomb blasts rent the air during the 18-hour period.

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