Below you will find intelligence updates as our team of expert analysts continuously track the alerts stemming from the attack in Kenya. These alerts provide a glimpse into one of 11 categories covered by WorldAware intelligence-driven risk management services.

Navigate to each of the Kenya alert updates below:

January 17: Update 7 | Warning Alert: Security operations to continue across Nairobi, Kenya, in the aftermath of dusitD2 hotel attack. Heed all security directives.

January 16: Update 6.5 | Warning Alert: British and Australian High Commissions in Nairobi, Kenya, closed Jan. 16 after dusitD2 Hotel attack. Confirm all appointments.

January 16: Update 6 | Critical Alert: President declares attack at dusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, over Jan. 16. Continue to avoid the area as operations continue.

January 16: Update 5 | Critical Alert: Security operations continuing at dusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, as of early Jan. 16. Reports of sporadic gunfire, explosions.

January 15: Update 4 | Critical Alert: Authorities secure dusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 15. Sporadic gunfire ongoing; at least seven people reported killed.

January 15: Update 3 | Critical Alert: Security operations ongoing at dusitD2 hotel in 14 Riverside complex, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 15. Casualties reported.

January 15: Update 2 | Critical Alert: Militant attack ongoing at dusitD2 hotel in 14 Riverside complex in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan.15. Casualties reported.

January 15: Update 1 | Critical Alert: Suspected car bomb in vicinity of Dusit D2 hotel, 14 Riverside complex in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan.15. Casualties reported.


UPDATE 7: Security operations to continue across Nairobi, Kenya, in the aftermath of dusitD2 hotel attack. Heed all security directives.

  • Incident: Post-attack security operation
  • Location: Nairobi (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Indefinite
  • Fatalities (Injuries): 21+ (28+)

Summary
Security operations are likely to continue across Nairobi, Kenya, in the coming days following an attack at the dusitD2 hotel, located in the 14 Riverside office park, and several adjacent buildings in the Westlands area Jan. 15. Security forces have warned of potential blasts near the 14 Riverside office park as the safe detonations of suspected explosive devices continue. Security raids targeting suspects in the attack are likely to continue across the city. Raids have recently occurred in the Ruaka and Eastleigh areas. Authorities are also likely to maintain vehicle checks, roadblocks, and other security procedures near perceived high-value targets such as hotels, bars, embassies, transport hubs, and religious sites.

Regular operations have resumed at the British and Australian High Commissions Jan. 17 following temporary closures on Jan. 16.

Background and Analysis
The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group claimed the Jan. 15 attack. Reports indicate the attack killed at least 21 people and injured at least 28; at least 10 people remain missing. Both locals and foreigners are among the dead. Al-Shabaab continues to pose a significant threat along the Kenyan-Somali border and in major urban centers. Despite this threat, complex coordinated attacks in the capital are rare. The assault at the dusitD2 hotel is only the second time Al-Shabaab militants have successfully executed an elaborate attack in Nairobi. In 2013, militants attacked Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall, killing nearly 70 people - including foreign nationals. Kenyan security forces have subsequently made progress in countering militancy in the country.

Advice
Avoid the affected area until the authorities give the all-clear. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for extremely tight security throughout north-central Nairobi in the coming days. Plan for travel delays, and allow considerable extra time to reach Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and to pass through security checkpoints. Carry appropriate identification and travel documents at all times. Heed the instructions of security forces and traffic police. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if stopped by security forces.


UPDATE 6.5: British and Australian High Commissions in Nairobi, Kenya, closed Jan. 16 after dusitD2 Hotel attack. Confirm all appointments.

  • Incident: High Commission closures
  • Location: Nairobi (map)
  • Date: Jan. 16
  • Impact: Disruption in services; potential for increased security near British, Australian government assets

Summary
The British and Australian High Commissions in Nairobi, Kenya have stated that they will be closed for routine business at least through Jan. 16 while they respond to the aftermath of the Jan. 15 attack at the dusitD2 hotel. Officials have not disclosed further details regarding when the sites would reopen. An increased security presence and associated localized road disruptions are possible near both sites.

Background and Analysis
The closures follow an attack on Jan. 15 by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at the dusitD2 hotel, located in the 14 Riverside complex, and several adjacent buildings in Nairobi's Westlands area.

Advice
Confirm all appointments before traveling to either high commission. Plan for extremely tight security throughout north-central Nairobi through at least Jan. 16.
 


UPDATE 6: President declares attack at dusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, over Jan. 16. Continue to avoid the area as operations continue.

This alert affects Nairobi

  • Incident: Explosion and gunfire
  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Around 1500 Jan. 15
  • Fatalities (Injuries): 15+ (16+)

Summary
President Uhuru Kenyatta announced in a televised statement Jan. 16 that the attack at the dusitD2 hotel, located in the 14 Riverside office park, and several adjacent buildings in Nairobi's Westlands area, was over. The president stated that the security forces had killed all militants who had attacked the site, ending the siege. Unverified sources have continued to report explosions in the affected area, and it is possible that security operations have continued to secure the area in the aftermath of the siege. Reports indicate the attack has so far resulted in at least 15 fatalities, including foreigners, and around 16 injuries; the official casualty count is likely to rise.

Government representatives have stated that investigations will continue in the area, and a security cordon will probably remain in place around the office park and the hotel. Security operations and raids linked to this attack are likely in the coming days across Nairobi. Authorities will likely maintain the high security presence in major urban centers as a precaution. Increased vehicle checks and other security procedures are likely in the vicinity of perceived high-value targets such as hotels, bars, embassies, and religious sites.

Background and Analysis
At least four militants in two vehicles clashed with perimeter guards near a security checkpoint at the office park at approximately 1500 Jan. 15. The attackers detonated explosives inside the parking lot before forcing their way into the dusitD2 hotel. One militant reportedly detonated an explosive vest in the hotel lobby, while the others barricaded themselves in the building. The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group claimed the attack.

Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat along the Kenyan-Somali border. While authorities have blamed the group for several bombings in Nairobi in recent years, complex coordinated attacks in the capital are rare. The assault at the dusitD2 hotel is only the second time Al-Shabaab militants have successfully executed an elaborate attack in Nairobi. In 2013, militants attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall, killing nearly 70 people, including foreign nationals. Kenyan security forces have subsequently made progress in countering militancy in the country.

Advice
Avoid the affected area until the authorities give the all-clear. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for extremely tight security throughout north-central Nairobi through at least Jan. 16. Plan for travel delays, and allow considerable extra time to reach Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and to pass through security checkpoints. Carry appropriate identification and travel documents at all times. Heed instructions of security forces and traffic police. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if stopped by security forces.


UPDATE 5: Security operations continuing at dusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, as of early Jan. 16. Reports of sporadic gunfire, explosions.

Incident: Explosion and gunfire

  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Around 1500 Jan. 15
  • Fatalities (Injuries): 15+ (16+)

Summary
According to police sources, security operations remain ongoing at the dusitD2 hotel, located in the 14 Riverside office park, and several adjacent buildings in Nairobi's Westlands area, as of early Jan. 16. Witness accounts suggest sporadic gunfire and explosions are occurring. Authorities managed to secure at least 50 hostages who were in the lower levels of the hotel. Reports indicate the attack has so far resulted in at least 15 fatalities, including foreigners, and around 16 injuries; the official casualty count is likely to rise.

A security cordon will probably remain in place around the office park for several days as security forces continue to clear the area and conduct investigations; authorities will likely maintain the high security presence as a precaution in the subsequent weeks following the attack.

Background and Analysis
At least four militants in two vehicles clashed with perimeter guards near a security checkpoint at the office park at approximately 1500 Jan. 15. The attackers then detonated explosives inside the parking lot before forcing their way into the dusitD2 hotel. One militant reportedly detonated an explosive vest in the hotel lobby, while the others barricaded themselves in the building. Security forces are continuing their sweep of the hotel and neighboring buildings as of early Jan. 16, despite a statement from the government late the previous day stating that the incident is over. The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed the attack.

Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat along the Kenyan-Somali border. While authorities have blamed the group for several bombings in Nairobi in recent years, complex coordinated attacks in the capital are rare. The assault at the dusitD2 hotel is only the second time Al-Shabaab militants have successfully executed an elaborate attack in Nairobi since the 2013 Nairobi Westgate Shopping Mall attack that killed nearly 70 people, including foreign nationals. Kenyan security forces have subsequently made progress in countering militancy in the country.

Advice
If in the area, remain in a secure location. Otherwise, avoid the affected area until the authorities give the all-clear. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for extremely tight security throughout north-central Nairobi through at least Jan. 16. Plan for travel delays, and allow considerable extra time to reach Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and to pass through security checkpoints. Carry appropriate identification and travel documents at all times. Heed instructions of security forces and traffic police. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if stopped by security forces.


UPDATE 4: Authorities secure dusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 15. Sporadic gunfire ongoing; at least seven people reported killed.

  • Incident: Explosion and gunfire
  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi (map)
  • Date: Evening Jan. 15
  • Fatalities (Injuries): 7+ (Unknown)

Summary
According to an official statement released at approximately 2200 Jan. 15, Kenyan security forces have secured the dusitD2 hotel located in the 14 Riverside office park and several adjacent buildings in Nairobi's Westlands area. However, shortly after the statement was released, sporadic gunfire was reported near the hotel, suggesting that the broader security operation may be ongoing.

The government's statement comes seven hours after Al-Shabaab militants launched a complex coordinated attack inside the office park, killing at least seven civilians and injuring scores more. The condition of the attackers is unclear.

The attack started at approximately 1500 when at least four militants in two vehicles clashed with perimeter guards near a security checkpoint at the office park. The militants then detonated explosives inside the parking lot before forcing their way into the hotel. One militant reportedly detonated an explosive vest in the hotel lobby, while the others barricaded themselves inside the facility. Security forces responded and conducted a thorough sweep of the dusitD2 hotel and neighboring buildings.

A security cordon will probably remain in place around the office park for a number of days as investigators continue to survey the area. Authorities will likely maintain an extremely high security presence in the impacted area for at least several days as a precaution after the area is deemed fully secure.

Background and Analysis
Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat along the Kenyan-Somali border; the group has also been implicated in several bombings in Nairobi in recent years, but complex coordinated attacks in the capital are rare. The attack at the dusitD2 hotel is only the second time Al-Shabaab militants have successfully executed a complex attack in Nairobi since the 2013 Nairobi Westgate Shopping Mall attack that killed nearly 70 people, including foreign nationals. Kenyan security forces have subsequently made progress in countering militancy in the country, but a significant threat remains.

Advice
If in the area, remain in a secure location. Otherwise, avoid the affected area until the authorities give the all-clear. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for extremely tight security throughout north-central Nairobi through at least Jan. 16. Plan for travel delays, and allow considerable extra time to reach Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and pass through security checkpoints. Carry appropriate identification and travel documents at all times. Obey the instructions of security forces and traffic police. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if stopped by security forces.


UPDATE 3: Security operations ongoing at dusitD2 hotel in 14 Riverside complex, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 15. Casualties reported.

  • Incident: Explosion and gunfire
  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi (map)
  • Date: Evening Jan. 15
  • Fatalities (Injuries): 5+ (Unknown)

Summary
Kenyan security forces are continuing their response to a militant attack at the dusitD2 hotel located in the 14 Riverside complex in Nairobi's Westlands area as of the evening Jan. 15. According to an official statement, as of 2015, police had secured six of the hotel's seven floors of the hotel; operations to secure the remaining floor and the outbuildings are ongoing. The situation remains fluid, however. Authorities are advising travelers to avoid Statehouse Road, Riverside Drive, Ring Road Kileleshwa, and Waiyaki Way outbound.

According to preliminary information, at least five people have been killed in the incident. The attack began at approximately 1500 with security forces reportedly having entered the dusitD2 hotel at approximately 1630. Members of the US and UK security forces are reportedly at the site. The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed the attack. Authorities will likely maintain an extremely high security presence in the impacted area for at least several days after the militants have been neutralized and the location secured.

Advice
If in the area, remain in a secure location. Avoid the affected area through until the authorities give the all clear. Plan for road travel delays. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.


UPDATE 2: Militant attack ongoing at dusitD2 hotel in 14 Riverside complex in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan.15. Casualties reported.

Incident: Explosion and gunfire

  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi (map)
  • Date: Afternoon Jan. 15
  • Fatalities (Injuries): 3+ (Uknown)

Summary
Local authorities have confirmed that a militant attack is ongoing at the dusitD2 hotel located in the 14 Riverside complex in the Westlands area of Nairobi the afternoon of Jan. 15. At least two explosions and sustained gunfire were reported late in the afternoon; police stated that that armed assailants entered the dusitD2 hotel, and possibly other buildings in the 14 Riverside complex thus possibly resulting in a hostage situation. At least three people have been killed. The situation is fluid and currently unfolding.

Security operations are ongoing, and the site remains active. Security forces have cordoned off the area around the dusitD2 Hotel and are evacuating surrounding buildings.

The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group has claimed the attack. Authorities are likely to maintain an extremely increased security presence in the impacted area through Jan. 15 at least. Road closures are in effect in the affected area.


Advice
If in the area, remain in a secure location. Avoid the affected area through Jan. 15 or until the authorities give the all clear. Plan for road travel delays. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.


UPDATE 1: Suspected car bomb in vicinity of Dusit D2 hotel, 14 Riverside complex in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan.15. Casualties reported.

  • Incident: Explosion and gunfire
  • Location: Westlands, Nairobi (map)
  • Date: Jan. 15
  • Fatalities (Injuries): Unknown

Summary
An explosion and gunfire was reported late in the afternoon in the vicinity of the 14 Riverside office complex and Dusit D2 Hotel in the Westlands area of Nairobi, Kenya. Local reports have stated that the initial explosion caused damage to several vehicles in its proximity, with unverified reports of causalities. The security forces have cordoned off the area. The nature of the incident is currently not known but the security forces from the national anti-terror unit are at the scene. There are also unverified reports of armed assailants on the scene, and that the Dusit D2 Hotel has been evacuated.

The complex around 14 Riverside houses several commercial and leisure properties, including the Dusit D2 Hotel, Nairobi. The authorities are likely to maintain an increased security presence in the impacted area through Jan. 15 at least. Localized road travel disruptions are likely throughout the area.

Advice
If in the area, remain in a secure location. Avoid the affected area through Jan. 15 or until the authorities give the all clear. Plan for road travel delays. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation.

 

 

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