Algoa FM Death toll in Nairobi terror attack climbs to 15

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"The two have red bandanas tied around their forehead and bullets strapped around their chest with several magazines each", the senior police officer said.

The scenes in the Westlands suburb reminded Nairobians of a bloody terrorist attack in 2013 when Islamist gunmen stormed the Westgate mall, killing at least 67 people.

An American business investment adviser and former Peace Corps member was among those killed in a terror attack on a Kenyan hotel compound, the company he founded said Wednesday.

Medic, who was armed, entered the building with a policeman and two soldiers, he said, but they came under fire and retreated. She says he works in a building next to the hotel. They are now part of an African Union peacekeeping force supporting the weak United Nations -backed central government.

The overnight blasts and shots undercut assurances from the interior minister that the scene had been secured and complicated the rescue of scores trapped inside.

A mortuary official told AFP 11 Kenyans and one Briton were known to have died. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters. He said he had been seeking refuge in an office while the attack was carried out. He did not give details. According to the Kenyan chief of police, Joseph Boinnet, at least one terrorist carried a suicide vest and blew himself up in the lobby.

"I am in 14 Riverside drive hiding in a bathroom and we are under attack", he tweeted.

Kenya has frequently been targeted by the Somali militant group al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack in Nairobi on Tuesday.

"We are behind the attack in Nairobi". The operation is going on.

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"At Chabad of Kenya we're sure that Jason will forever remain in our broken hearts", the group said in a Facebook post.

Speaking from Nairobi, he told The World Today how he and other workers then locked themselves in a room before questioning whether to open the door when they heard banging.

"It is bad. What I have seen is awful", witness Charles Njenga told AP.

"What I have seen is awful", Charles Njenga, a man who ran from the scene, said. "We hid until we were rescued". "Gunshots are coming from multiple directions", said Simon Crump, an employee at an global firm who was hiding with his colleagues.

Over 50 people in my group. Several explosions have been heard.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: "We are supporting the family of a British man killed in the recent terrorist attack in Kenya".

"All police teams have been dispatched to the scene where the incident is".

"One of the biggest fears you have in such a situation is whether the people who are banging at the door are the people who are going to get you out of such a situation, or whether they are the people who are going to hurt you".