DFAT denies Australian man killed in Nairobi terror attack

Jan 18, 2019, 02:55
DFAT denies Australian man killed in Nairobi terror attack

The American man who was among the 21 people killed in an attack on a luxury hotel complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi was a consultant who survived the 9/11 attacks, and specialized in emerging economies.

"We are confident that we have no more people there", the officer said, "but in a situation like this, you are not done until you are done".

"We are back in with sniffer dogs, and bomb experts are checking through because yesterday we found grenades left by those people".

Several loud booms were heard Wednesday as teams sought to clear the complex of booby traps and other explosives.

All five militants who stormed the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday have been killed, officials said, and a major hunt is underway to find those who helped organise it.

At least one of them blew himself up at the start of the attack.

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US ambassador Robert F. Godec said the United States is working closely with Kenyan authorities following the extremist attack in Nairobi this week. He was traced through his auto, which was used at the attack, to his home in the Ruaka suburb where he lived with a woman in her twenties, Violet Kemunto Omwoyo. 5 suspected militants killed, police said on Wednesday in the aftermath of the brazen overnight siege by al-Shabaab gunmen.

"It is a breakthrough for us". Police uncovered a "huge hole dug in one of the rooms where guns were stored", he said. "Let them allow us in", she said, weeping.

A report in The Standard newspaper said Omwoyo had written: "We are moving out of Nairobi this week" on her ad selling clothes and furniture.

Sources within Shabaab ranks say that the attacks were carried out by Saleh Nabhan group, named after the late Mombasa based Al-Qaeda operative who was killed in Somalia.

Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed 47 people inside DusitD2 Hotel, part of a Thai-owned worldwide chain that appeared to be the chief target of the attackers.

"He extends heartfelt condolences to all Kenyans, in particular the families of the deceased and all those injured".

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It comes as an American businessman who survived 9/11 was earlier named as the U.S. national killed in yesterday's horrific terror attack in Nairobi.

As the attack unfolded, scores of terrified civilians barricaded themselves inside toilets and offices for hours.

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A mortuary official said there were also 11 Kenyan victims, a British victim, one with no papers as well as an unidentified torso of a male adult.

"The speed, the response and the conclusion of this matter was swift", Mucheru said.

Security forces appeared to have avoided the mistakes made during the 2013 attack, when police and soldiers shot at each other, then soldiers looted the Westgate mall.

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