How 14 Riverside Drive attack unfolded

shattered window panes at 14 Riverside Drive. / PATRICK VIDIJA
shattered window panes at 14 Riverside Drive. / PATRICK VIDIJA

3:48PM: Suspected terrorists arrive at dusitD2 Hotel on Riverside Drive, Nairobi in a silver five-seater hatchback and walk toward security officers at the hotel’s gate, where they throw an explosive at the security agents.

3:50PM: A loud bang resembling a grenade explosion is heard, with black smoke swelling and rising up into the air.

3:55PM: Three vehicles on fire spotted at the scene.

3:58PM: DCI George Kinoti and team arrive.

4PM: Social media awash with claims of occupants trapped in dusitD2 saying the facility is under attack. Armed law enforcement agents arrive at the facility.

4:05PM Rescue mission underway as a man sporting a red T-shirt and a black pair of trousers is seen being moved away, with a gunshot wound in the back. He is bleeding profusely.

4:11PM: Students from the University of Nairobi, who reside in the nearby Chiromo hostels, are ordered to vacate the premises.

4:20PM: Those injured taken to Aga Khan University Hospital

4:25PM: Ambulances with sirens arrive at the scene.

4:25PM: Recce squad security officers advance into the hotel to try and neutralize the attackers.

4:30PM: Kenya Airforce team arrives at the scene.

4:33PM: Firefighters arrive

4:36PM Recce officers gain access into the building.

4:45PM: Abbas Gullet, the Kenya Red Cross secretary general, is seen entering the dusitD2 premises.

5:32PM The National Police specialised units are on site at 14 Riverside Drive to engage the attackers.


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