American tourist who had flown in from Lamu to meet friends killed in Dusit terror attack

BY RAHMA RASHID FOR WWW.EDAILY.CO.KE

An American national, who was on vacation in Kenya, are among those killed at the dusitD2 Hotel terror attack, which happened on Tuesday, January 15.

According to the manager of a hotel in Lamu, where the tourist booked himself in, they received news about the foreigner’s death early Wednesday.

The manager, who sought anonymity, eulogised the tourist as a kind-hearted man, who co-operated well with staff members and other guests at the hotel.

We cannot publish the tourist’s name because of sensitivity of this matter.

The hotel manager revealed that the tourist visited Kenya, especially the Coastal region, four times a year.

“The staff members at our hotel are shocked by news about his death. He was really kind to all of us,” said the manager.

According to the accommodation facility’s top administrator, the tourist was hanging out with his friends, when Al-Shabaab terrorists opened fire at them.

“He never racially prejudiced our staff members as a section of foreigners would do. He was, generally, a good man,” said the hotel manager.

It remains unclear if his friends survived the horror attack.

Four terrorists, who stormed dusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday 3pm, were killed after a 17-hour operation, which saw 14 lives of innocent civilians lost.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday morning applauded the efforts by Kenya’s security agencies, which swiftly swung into action to prevent excessive damage and loss of lives caused by the terrorists.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has assured Kenyans of the ministry’s commitment toward averting such incidents.

 

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