Fifty people remained missing on Thursday as Kenyan security forces searched for suspects involved in the brazen attack on a Nairobi hotel complex that killed 21 people.
The al-Shabab armed group, an al-Qaeda affiliate, said it carried out the attack in the Kenyan capital in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Two people accused of facilitating the attack have been arrested.
Kenya’s Red Cross said 50 people remained missing, raising the likelihood of a sharp rise in the death toll.
Of the victims, 16 were Kenyan, one was British, one was American and three were of African descent but their nationalities were not yet identified, police said.
Uhuru Kenyatta, the president of Kenya, announced the end of the 20-hour siege at the DusitD2 hotel complex that echoed a 2013 assault that killed 67 people at the Westgate mall in the same district.
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“The security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists have been eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address on Wednesday.
Authorities sent special forces into the hotel to flush out the gunmen.
The president said more than 700 civilians were rescued from the complex.
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