Gunmen attack 14 Riverside in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi Kenya. A current security operation is underway after terrorists attacked the hotel

His family was notified of his death and are making their way to Kenya.

"We share the grief of his family, partner, daughter and friends".

Schroeder said Spindler, "chose a life of hope and inclusion".

"Jason is warmly remembered by those who knew him at NYU Law". The U.S. State Department has confirmed that one American was among the dead, but has not identified the victim. At least one of them appears to have been arrested.

An explosion and sustained gunfire at DusitD2 hotel and office complex sent workers fleeing for their lives on Tuesday, an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab that it said was ongoing.

"I can confirm that. the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated", Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation.

"I've got a good view of the High Commission from my window, and once I realised it wasn't an attack on the embassy, I realised it potentially was a more serious incident than I was anticipating", he said.

"The security operation ... is over".

A blast at the DusitD2 compound, which includes a hotel and several office buildings housing global companies, was heard from AFP's offices some five kilometres away.

Al-Shabab - the Somalia-based Islamic extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead - claimed responsibility.

"We are aware that there are armed criminals still holed up and our officers are trying to flush them out", said Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet.

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He told reporters that President Uhuru Kenyatta was fully briefed of the situation and that the National Security Advisory Committee was in charge of coordinating the crisis.

Police say they have detonated a auto they said had explosives inside and officers have moved away from other vehicles they suspect of having explosives. Over 50 people in my group.

Scores of people were rescued at daybreak as police continued what they called a mopping-up exercise. "Gunshots are coming from multiple directions", he told AFP.

"I have also spoken to my brother just now and we are exchanging text messages", says a woman who gives her name only as Nelly.

CCTV footage showed at least four.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said the "co-ordinated" attack began with a auto bombing targeting three vehicles in the I&M Bank auto park, and a suicide bombing in a hotel foyer where a number of guests suffered "severe injuries".

According to media reports, at least one officer in bomb disposal gear has been seen at the complex as well as an unexploded grenade in a hallway of a shopping area.

Like the attack at the Westgate Mall, this one appeared aimed at wealthy Kenyans and foreigners. It came a day after a magistrate ruled that three men must stand trial in connection with the Westgate Mall siege.

Kenya has been battling Al Shabaab militants for a number of years following its military intervention in Somalia in October 2011 to fight the organisation.

Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings, after an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab Islamists on Tuesday afternoon.

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