Kenya marks 1st anniversary of DusitD2 complex attack

Written By: Serfine Achieng
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Kenya is marking the first anniversary of DusitD2 Hotel Complex terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 21 people.

The United States which lost a citizen in the attack has reiterated its commitment to help Kenya defeat terrorism.

Speaking after paying a courtesy call on Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter said they will help Kenya sustain and win the fight against Al-Shabaab militants.

According to a CCTV footage released during the investigations, five Al Shabaab attackers stormed the Dusit D2 complex along 14 Riverside Drive in Westlands Nairobi on the quiet afternoon of Tuesday January 15th 2019.

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One of the attackers blew himself up next to Secret Garden restaurant while his counterparts held hostage occupants of the DussitD2 hotel triggering a security operation that took several hours to rescue survivors.

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Several people were arrested and charged with the attack.

Today, its business as usual at the complex saves for the tight security situation. (CG) A statement to newsrooms dated January 15th 2020 indicated that “the 14 Riverside Community was greatly affected by the incident but has remained resilient and compassionate.”

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The statement which was signed by the PR & Communications Officer of Knight Frank Kenya James Waithaka went further to state that, “Security has always been a priority for 14 Riverside and key features are constantly being reviewed and enhanced.”

According to the statement, the DusitD2 hotel had a difficult start when it re-opened in August last year, but had a good festive season with hopes that the trend will continue throughout the year.

The hotel marked the anniversary in a private function in memory of those who lost their lives.

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The United States which lost a citizen in the attack has reiterated its commitment to help Kenya defeat terrorism.

Speaking after paying a courtesy call on Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter said they will help Kenya sustain and win the fight against Al-Shabaab militants.

The US further committed to continue training, sharing information, and fighting side by side with Kenya to defeat the terrorist organization that is linked to Al-Qaeda.

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