Kenya is safe and secure, assures Interior CS Matiang’i

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Millicent Awour

Matiang’i has maintained Kenya is safe and visitors and locals can go about their normal routine.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi has moved to assure that the country is safe after the security operation at the 14 Riverside Drive was declared over.

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Matiangi who visited the scene of Tuesday’s terror attack however said the area remains a crime scene urging members of the public to keep off the area and give security agencies time to complete investigations.

Matiangi led other top government officials among them fellow Cabinet secretaries to the scene of Tuesday’s terror attack.

He lauded the media and members of the public for embracing patriotism as the country dealt with the latest security challenge.

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At least 50 more people have been rescued and reunited with their families who had been camping outside Dusit Hotel complex for over 10 hours.

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Several victims who were rescued Tuesday were treated and discharged from various hospitals within Nairobi.

At the Avenue hospital, 17 victims were received with 12 being treated and discharged.

At the MP Shah hospital, the Chief Operations Officer Tofeef  Din said they received six victims with five in stable condition and one fatality. By Tuesday evening the Aga Khan Hospital had admitted three victims.

Kenyatta National Hospital also received more attack victims some of whom were treated and discharged. Most of the victims had gunshot wounds. Authorities in these institutions thanked Kenyans for turning out to donate blood.

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Kenya Red Cross has provided a tracing hotline 0715820219 where families searching for their loved ones can receive help. One can also call the Directorate of Criminal Investigations through 0721141282 or 0722839978.

Kenyans have however been warned against re-tweeting or forwarding propaganda regarding the attack.

Meanwhile, Matiang’i has maintained Kenya is safe and visitors and locals can go about their normal routine.

Addressing reporters at 10.47 pm on Tuesday, Dr.  Matiang’i assured Kenyans that the government is in control of the situation at the Dusit-2 hotel along Riverside 14 Avenue where suspected Al-Shabaab militants struck 3.30 PM on Tuesday.

In a terse statement, Dr. Matiangi condemned the attack saying the country will not bend to any manipulation by terrorists. He said a multi-agency security team under the GSU commandant Kirunji Kanja have secured the Dusit -2  and the larger complex that houses five buildings comprising several offices and shops. He said requisite Agencies are mopping out the area, collecting and securing evidence.

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“We have secured all buildings that had been affected. We are in the final stages of mopping up the area,” The CS said.

The suspected terror attack started at the I & M bank in the Hanover building, with an attacker later blowing himself up at the foyer of the Dusit -2 hotel.

Other attackers then hurled grenades at three vehicles before gaining access into the Hanover building and shooting indiscriminately.

 

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