In deadly Nairobi attack, stories of fear, bravery and loss

In deadly Nairobi attack, stories of fear, bravery and loss

A Kenyan court on Friday authorized the police to detain five suspects detained for one month after Tuesday's hotel attack in Nairobi to allow a full investigation.

The attack was carried out by the Islamist-Somali extremist group al-Shabab. Two were taxi drivers and one was a mobile phone financial services agent, court documents said.

When the blasts shattered the calm at the 14 Riverside office park in Kenya's capital on Tuesday afternoon, Vikash and eight colleagues hit the floor and waited nearly two hours until a security guard appeared to help them escape what evolved into an overnight siege.

"The investigations into this matter are complex and transnational and would, therefore, require sufficient time and resources to uncover the entire syndicate", Public Prosecution Director, Noordin Haji, said in a statement.

At least 21 people were killed and several others wounded in Tuesday's attack at the Dusit Hotel, located in a green business complex in Nairobi.

Canadian officials are aware of reports that a citizen was arrested and are in contact with Kenyan authorities for more information, said Global Affairs spokesman Philip Hannan. The son, Ali Salim Gichunge, as well as Violet Kemunto Omwoyo, were named as attackers in court documents.

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Police said on Friday they had detained nine other suspects in connection with the incident.

In those confused moments, Vikash, a 36-year-old investment advisor who asked that his full name not be disclosed, didn't realise he was in the middle of an attack by the Islamist militant group, al-Shabaab, more than five years since its last major strike in Nairobi, a symbol of the East African nation's fast-growing economy.

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.

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".

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

Seconds later, the bomber detonated in a flash and billowing smoke.

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