15 January 2019
A hotel complex is under attack in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
At least two blasts and gunfire were heard at the compound in the Westland district of the city, which houses the Dusit hotel as well as offices.
The Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab claimed the attack but gave no details. Four armed men entered the complex, eyewitnesses say.
Vehicles are on fire in the car park. Police have cordoned off the area and are trying to rescue those inside.
The BBC’s Ferdinand Omondi says the head of Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, is at the scene to lead the police operation.
A woman working in a neighbouring building told Reuters news agency: “I just started hearing gunshots, and then started seeing people running away raising their hands up and some were entering the bank to hide for their lives.”