On the late afternoon of the 15th January 2019, the Somali based Al-Qaeda affiliate, Harakat Shabaab Mujahideen (HSM) carried out a terrorist attack targeting DusitD2, an upmarket restaurant near the Australian Embassy in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
Several people including foreigners who were dining at the DusitD2 restaurant have been killed. S.I early assessment confirms presence of approximately 4 attackers sporting Russian AK-47 Assault rifles.
Terrorists’ detonated explosives inside a small vehicle they had used subsequently blowing up 2 adjacent vehicles before forcing their entry inside the building where they began shooting discriminately at public.
Elite Police units responded to the attack degrading the intended psychological effect and casualties count. The attack bears close semblance with typical Al-Shabaab attacks in Mogadishu Somalia. These type of attacks hardly hurt public and national resolve to unite against the terrorists.
Today’s Shabaab attack in Nairobi comes roughly five years after the group’s attack at Westgate shopping mall on September 21, 2013, and 3 years after the El-Adde attack highlighting how the threat the terror group poses has declined through the years.