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Kenya attack: Nine arrested over siege, victims revealed

SIEGE: Security forces are seen near the site of an attack at an upmarket hotel and office complex in Nairobi, Kenya

NINE PEOPLE have been arrested in connection with a deadly attack on a hotel compound in Kenya on Tuesday.

Authorities say that at least 21 people have died as a result of the siege which is understood to have involved five militants, all who died at the scene, according to the Kenyan authorities.

The terrorists attacked the DusitD2 hotel complex and were killed by Kenyan security forces after a siege that last almost 20 hours.

Islamist terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred the day after a Kenyan court ruled three men will stand trial in connection to the 2013 Westgate Mall attack.

In a statement, the group said that the attack was a retaliation to US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

According to the BBC, local Kenyan media has reported that the wife of one of the attackers is among those who have been arrested.

The victims

Some of the names of the victims have been released as well as their pictures and details that give an insight into who they were.

Among those confirmed as killed in the attack are aid workers and a police officer.

LG Electronics worker James Oduor, who was tweeting as the attack unfolded is among the victims. Oduor was killed on the eve of his birthday.

US businessman Jason Spindler, who reportedly survived the September 11 attacks in New York, has also been revealed as one the victims who lost his life on Tuesday.

Spindler’s mother, Sarah, told NBC News: “We all miss him so much. And it's so sad that such a bright young person is taken away by terrorism.”

Abdalla Dahir and Feisal Ahmed, two Kenyan friends, died as they were reportedly sprayed with bullets as they ate lunch.

Adam Smith International, which the pair both worked for, released a statement confirming their deaths.

British citizen Luke Potter was also announced as among the dead.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, where Potter worked as Africa programmes director, shared a statement confirming his death and paying tribute to him.

“Luke was respected by all he worked with, bringing huge drive, determination, a relentless work ethic, and a thirst for new ideas to every project.”

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