The National Police service has released a statement confirming that indeed there has been an attack at the Dusit D2 Hotel in Westlands. The deadly attack happened on Tuesday afternoon after gunmen forced their way into the hotel and started shooting.
Through their official Twitter handle, the police has advised motorists “to use alternative routes to facilitate smooth operations of the Police.”
Police wishes to confirm that there has been an attack incident along 14 Riverside Drive. The area has since been cordoned off and motorists are advised to use alternative routes to facilitate smooth operations of the Police.
More information to follow.
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) January 15, 2019
Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo had earlier said they had cordoned off the area around Riverside Drive, where the dusitD2 hotel is located, due to a suspected robbery.
But police are not ruling out a militant attack, police spokesman Charles Owino told Citizen Television.
‘We have to go for the highest incident that could take place. The highest incident we have is a terror (attack),’ he said.
The elite Recce squad is already on the ground and trying to take control of the situation.
The attack immediately reminds many Kenyans of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013, when al-Shabab extremists burst into the luxury shopping center, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead.