East African tourism resilient despite Nairobi terror attack

Nairobi terror attack Jason Spindler 40 was a survivor of the September 11 attacks according to his brother

Jason Spindler 40 was a survivor of the September 11 attacks according to his brother. Source AAPMore

Sixteen Kenyans including a policeman, an American survivor of the September 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the US, and a British development worker were among the dead in the hotel 14 Riverside Drive complex attack.

From left to right, suspects Osman Ibrahim, Guleid Abdihakim, Gladys Kaari Justus, Oliver Kanyango Muthee and Joel Nganga Wainaina appear at a hearing at Milimani law courts in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, Jan. 18.

The suspects are accused of "possible involvement in the nearly 20-hour siege of the DusitD2 hotel and office complex by a suicide bomber and four gunmen who were all killed by security forces, a court document said".

This week's 18-hour rampage at Nairobi's 14 Riverside complex, claiming the lives of 20 civilians and a policeman, was the latest attack by al-Shabaab, which a year ago killed more people in Africa than any other terrorist group, according to the Washington-based Africa Center for Strategic Studies...

Al-Shabab also says it carried out the January 15 attack at a hotel and office complex in Nairobi that killed 21 people, including a police officer.

A judge has ordered the five suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into the assault on Nairobi's dusitD2 hotel complex.

"The investigations into this matter are complex and transnational and would therefore require sufficient time and resources to uncover the entire criminal syndicate", said Noordin Haji, director of public prosecutions.

Police earlier identified a Kenyan military officer as the father of a suspect in the assault. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Kenya plans to allow many more private security guards around the country to carry firearms following a deadly attack by Islamic extremists in Nairobi.

The Somali leader whose country is facing terror attacks from terrorist group al-Shabab also condemned the attack which seemed to target expatriates working for multinational companies located in Kenya.

Kenyan investigators say one of the extremists who attacked a hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi this week was a son of a Kenyan military officer.

"The wife of the suicide bomber is now in our custody".

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