CNN journalists near the hotel complex in Nairobi that was attacked Tuesday are still hearing intermittent gunfire from the location, hours after the government gave the all-clear.
At least 11 people have been killed during what police described as a “suspected terror attack” at the complex in the Kenyan capital, said a source at the hotel assisting with security.
The source called the death toll “conservative” and expected it to rise: “I saw six dead on the footpath exit over the river and five more at the secret garden cafe.”
A US State Department official said an American was killed in the attack, and provided no other details. CNN is reaching out to officials from other nations to see whether any of their citizens are among the victims.
Kenyan security forces have secured the buildings where gunmen mounted the assault, a government official said earlier.
“The security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the (hotel and office) buildings,” Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said in a statement. “We are now in the final stages of mopping up the area and securing evidence and documenting the consequences of these unfortunate events.”
Heavy gunfire and an explosion sent people running for their lives Tuesday afternoon at the compound in an affluent neighborhood. Footage from the scene showed armed officers escorting office workers and injured people to safety as the sound of shots rang out. Cars in the compound could be seen aflame as a helicopter flew overhead.
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SOURCE: CNN, Eliza Mackintosh and Farai Sevenzo