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Kenyan Muslim leaders condemn ‘barbaric attack’

Leaders from 10 Muslim organisations in Kenya have released a joint statement condemning Tuesday’s attack at the DusitD2 hotel in Riverside area in the capital, Nairobi.



In the joint statement, the leaders condemn “in the strongest terms possible the barbaric attack on 14 Riverside Drive”.

The organisations have jointly set up a counselling and blood donation centre in Chiromo, a suburb in Nairobi.

Jamia Mosque, where the press conference was held, has recently been a target of online threats. Some call for an attack on the mosque, which is frequented predominantly by Somalis.
Suspected militants have attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, but the Red Cross says 50 people are still unaccounted for. A US citizen is among the dead, according to the US State Department.
The compound in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices, was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday. By the evening officials said the siege was over but gunfire and explosions were heard early on Wednesday. 
The Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack.
Kenya’s police boss Joseph Boinnet has said five attackers took part in Tuesday’s attack at a Nairobi complex, news agency AFP reports. Security camera footage showed at least four heavily armed men walking in the compound and opening fire.
The attack began yesterday at about 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT) when four gunmen threw bombs at vehicles in the car park before entering the lobby, where one blew himself up, police say.
President Uhuru Kenyatta told a press briefing earlier today that all the militants had been killed and over 700 people rescued.


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