An emptying and clearing of a hotel complex in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital is still going on hours after suspected Islamist extremists coordinated an attack killing at least 11 people, which includes a US citizen. Yesterday launched assault by armed gunmen on the Dusit D2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities, portrays as the most high-profile terror attack in the East African country in several years.

Authorities said that "scores" of Kenyans and foreign nationals had been evacuated from the compound and that the site had been secured, but sporadic gunfire continued to be heard hours after the all-clear had been given.

A source at the hotel which is assisting the security called the death toll "conservative" and expected it to rise. "I saw six dead on the footpath exit over the river and five more at the secret garden cafe," reported the source. The US state department affirmed the death of a US citizen in the attack but gave no further details.

“There was a big bang and then a lot of gunfire, up to 100 shots or more,”

“Later, I saw people fleeing and others being carried out with looks of pain or anguish on their face". This was reported by a lawyer, Philip Coulson, who is working in a nearby office block.

The Kenyan security forces have secured the buildings in Nairobi where gunmen mounted a deadly attack yesterday, this was reported by government official.

“The security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the (hotel and office) buildings",

“We are now in the final stages of mopping up the area and securing evidence and documenting the consequences of these unfortunate events". Fred Matiang’i , the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Cabinet Secretary reported this in a statement.

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