Al-Shabaab claims responsibility, gunshots on 14 Riverside Drive, Dusit Hotel Nairobi



A gunfight was underway following a blast at a hotel and office complex in a leafy Nairobi neighbourhood Tuesday, an AFP reporter and a witness said. Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group claimed the attack.


A blast at the DusitD2 compound, which includes a hotel and several office buildings housing international companies, was heard from AFP's offices some five kilometres (three miles) away.

Simon Crump, who works at one of the offices, said workers had barricaded themselves inside their offices after "several" explosions.

"We have no idea what is happening. Gunshots are coming from multiple directions," he told AFP, adding that the people were terrified.

Police sirens echoed through the city and a helicopter buzzed overhead.

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