The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that all terrorists involved in the DusitD2 hotel complex attack have since been put out of action and several Kenyan civilians rescued.
Kenyatta was addressing the nation from State House Nairobi on Wednesday, shortly after the security operation at the hotel came to a close.
“Kenya was yesterday attacked by gang of criminals hoping to terrorise our people by committing acts of murder. I can confirm that about 1 hour ago the security operation was completed and all terrorists eliminated,” Uhuru said.
“We have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost in the hands of these terrorists and others injured. We are grieving as a country, my heart goes out to innocent men and women violated by these senseless terrorists,” he added.
Uhuru assured the nation and the rest of the world that Kenya is secure for their stay and visit respectively, adding that the nation will go ahead to strengthen security systems starting today.
“I assure fellow Kenyans and our visitors that u are safe in Kenya. Inform the police and any authority of any suspicious individuals. We can never take anything fro granted, we shall continue the never ending work of strengthening our systems. We shall continue making our nation inhospitable to terrorists’ groups.”
“As CIC I want to commend a quick and effective security operation. We have show the enemies and the world that we as a country are ready to deal with any threats to our nation.”
Kenyatta however vowed that Kenya will seek justice against terrorism.
“We are a country governed by laws, rules and regulations, a country that embraces peaceful existence, we believe in these values even in the face of adversity. We are a nation that never forgets those who hurt our children.”
Americans and the British were among the dead when gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and others injured after an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab.
Eight hours after the assault began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, a burst of gunfire was heard in the area, suggesting the situation was not yet under control.
Scores of people were still hiding inside the complex, a security source said. A mortuary worker told Reuters around midnight (2100 GMT) that 15 people were killed in the attack.