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Attackers defeated in hotel siege, Kenya’s president says

President Uhuru Kenyatta

After at least 16 hours of bloody mayhem, Kenyan security forces have “prevailed over” the terrorist gunmen who had besieged Nairobi’s Desuit Complex along Riverside Drive, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday.

In a nationally televised address, Kenyatta declared Kenya “still united” even in the face of the attack.

“We have dealt with the threat decisively and shown our enemies and the world that we are ready to deal with any threat to our nation,” Uhuru said.

Even though he did not disclose the number of terrorist involved in the attack, Uhuru announced that all terrorists were killed in the fighting.

The victory came at a cost:14 civilian dead and at least 175 injured with many still hospitalized. According to Uhuru, 700 lives were however saved by the gallant officers.

Attention now turns to investigating the siege, “We will seek out every person that was involved in planning and execution of this act. we will pursue relentlessly wherever they will until they are held to account,” Uhuru added.

In a time stamp CCTV footage released to the public amid the attack, the harrowing episode began Tuesday afternoon in Nairobi when some 4 gunmen stormed the complex shooting indiscriminately.

President Uhuru Kenyatta thanked the international community, Kenyans and the armed forces for putting their lives on the front-line to protect their country.

“Kenyans shown the world the best part of us,” the President said.

 

 

Yegon Emmanuel
Multimedia storyteller - yegonemmanuel.com Co-founder and Communications Director at Mobile Journalism Africa (mobilejournalism.co.ke)

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