Five people, including a Canadian, appear before the court in connection with the Kenyan Islamist terrorist attack
Five people, including a Canadian citizen, appeared in a Kenyan court on Tuesday in connection with the horrible terror attacks in a hotel complex in Nairobi.
Four armed men and a suicide bomber embarked on a 20-hour siege of the DusitD2 hotel and office complex, killing 21 people, including British charity director Luke Potter and 41-year-old American businessman Jason Spindler, and wounding 28 others.
The four men and one woman are among the 11 people accused of helping the terrorists, who all died during the siege, in the run-up to the attack.
Accused: Osman Ibrahim, Oliver Muthee, Gladys Kaari Justus, Guled Abdihakim – who is a Canadian citizen – and Joel Nganga are in the dock in the Mililani courts where they appeared in connection with the gruesome terrorist attack in the DusitD2 complex, in Nairobi
Back in custody: Gladys Kaari Justus is being investigated about the money transfer in connection with the terrorist attack in which 21 people were killed and 28 others were injured
Suspects: Joel Nganga, Oliver Muthee, Guleid Abdihakim and Osman Ibrahim, 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.
The Canadian citizen Guleid Abdihakim is questioned about suspicious communication, while Gladys Kaari Justus is being investigated about the transfer of money.
Two taxi drivers are accused of running attackers around the attack: Joel Ng & # 39; ang & # 39; a Wainaina and Oliver Kanyango Muthee. The other suspect, Osman Ibrahim, would have met one of the attackers on January 8th.
A magistrate has received a request from the Prosecution to hold the four men and a woman for 30 days while the investigation continues.
Two suspects who still had to appear in the courtroom, Ali Salim Gichunge and Violet Kemunto Omwoyo had SIM cards that & # 39; in constant communication & # 39; were with numbers in Somalia, so revealed court documents.
Kenyan researchers said today that one of the terrorists who attacked the hotel was a son of a Kenyan officer.
The Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper, Friday identified the attacker as Ali Salim Gichunge and said his father is sergeant of the Kenyan forces. According to the newspaper, the mother of Gichunge was arrested and taken to Nairobi for interrogation.
The Somali Islamic militant group al Shabaab claimed that it was behind the attack on the complex – including a large hotel known as DusitD2, banks and offices. Pictured: people seek coverage
Armed men fired into the hall and sent laborers to flee for their lives while others were packing themselves under their desks. Pictured: bullet holes in the windows of a restaurant in the hall
The British SAS soldier who volunteered to take part in the response of the security services is said to be in line to receive the George Cross medal for his actions in Nairobi on the day of the attack
Meanwhile, the British SAS trooper who volunteered to take part in the storming of the hotel during the terrorist attack from Kenya had to be persuaded because of the fear of his own safety after identifiable photographs were posted on social media.
It's decorated & experienced & # 39; member of the SAS – who was extremely active in Syria and involved in a number of operations against ISIS – would have shopped in the city when he heard about the attack and equipment in the back of his car before going to the scene & # 39; organize the whole operation.
The off-duty Special Forces warrior, who wore combat equipment over casual jeans and a purple shirt, saw the complex enter Nairobi and then emerged with terrified survivors.
Insiders say that there is no doubt & # 39; is that his actions save lives and he is now in line to receive the George Cross medal of bravery.
& # 39; This man has shown remarkable prowess. He has saved dozens of lives, & # 39; told a high military source to the Daily Telegraph.
& # 39; You can expect him to receive one of the highest prowess prizes and most likely the George Cross. It is not announced. It will be given to him in secret. & # 39;
The George Cross is the second most prestigious medal for bravery in the United Kingdom, with only the Victoria Cross being more distinctive.
Photo ?? s from the scene show the off-duty Special Forces warrior with combat equipment over casual jeans and a purple shirt that storms the building and saves civilians. He used a modified foal of Canadian guns and wore a Glock 9 mm side arm and a knife for a man-to-man fight
The off-duty Special Forces warrior, who wore combat equipment over casual jeans and a purple shirt, saw the complex enter Nairobi and then emerged with terrified survivors
The hero SAS was also seen saving civilians from inside the hotel complex while members of Kenyan security forces fired on the terrorists
The British soldiers of the special forces are depicted with a victim from the building with the help of another man
But now it appears that the hero has to flee the country because of the fear that he might become the target of retaliation for his brave actions.
A source close to MailOnline said: & # 39; For his own safety he leaves the country because he can be traced. His safety comes first.
& # 39; He is a decorated, veteran member of the SAS who was a member of D Squadron and very active in Syria and participated in a number of successful operations against ISIS. He was transferred to the B squadron for this assignment & # 39;
The 22 SAS regiment, of which this man is supposed to be a member, is divided into four main squadrons – A, B, D and G – each of which consists of about 65 men under the leadership of a major.
Each squadron consists of four major specialisms – boat, air, mobility and mountains – and is the regular army unit for the SAS. The reserves are numbered 21 and 23.
The face of the SAS hero involved in the response to Tuesday's terrorist attack was largely hidden by a balaclava. He used a modified colt from Canada and wore a Glock 9 mm side arm and a knife for a man-to-man fight.
An image that claims to show a terrorist with a bandolier around his body and bullet casings scattered across the floor
Another image that claims to show one of the terrorists, with bullet damage on the wall behind him and wounds covering his corpse
AK-47 & # 39; s used by the terrorists (left) lie on the ground after being recovered by the police. The five terrorists also wore bandoliers (right) who appear to be filled with rifle magazines and grenades
The British SAS soldier was reportedly in Nairobi to train Kenyan Special Forces when five Islamist terrorists attacked a luxury hotel complex in the city
The nameless soldier helped save civilians and reportedly helped storm the complex
Kenyan security agents are looking for attackers during an on-going gun and explosions in Nairobi on Tuesday
People seek coverage when they follow a policeman to evacuate the luxury hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi
Security forces help civilians flee the scene while cars in the back of a hotel complex in Nairobi are burning
Rescued: During the terrorist attack on Tuesday, a distressed woman is removed from the luxury hotel complex
Kenyan security forces are off the scene shortly before President Kenyatta announced that the attack was over and all terrorists were killed
The horrific moment at which suicide bombers blow themselves up is recorded on CCTV
Dramatic images have appeared that show the horrifying moment when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Kenyan terrorist attack.
CCTV, released to the local media, shows the attacker running calmly for what is supposed to be the terrace of a restaurant in the complex.
At least two people are seen passing the attacker, one of them seems to turn his head to look at him up close.
The attacker stands still for almost a minute in front of the covered terrace before he blows himself up. Soon after, panicky guests and workers come running from the explosion.
This is the shocking moment that a suicide bomber blows himself up in the Kenyan terrorist attack, killing 21 people. Harrowing CCTV, released to the local media, shows the attacker walking calmly for what one thinks is the terrace of a restaurant in the complex
At least two people are seen passing the attacker, one of them seems to turn his head to look at him up close. The attacker stands still for almost a minute in front of the covered terrace before he blows himself up
The Kenyan police said the attack began with an explosion outside the complex, followed by a suicide attack inside, before armed attackers arrived and opened fire
Soon after, panicky guests and workers come running from the explosion. The extremist group Al-Shabaab, who is based in Somalia and connected to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the brutal attack, which took the lives of 21 people, plus the five killed militants
The Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabaab, which has ties with Al-Qaida, claimed that it was behind the attack on the DusitD2 complex, located in the wealthy Westlands area of Nairobi, popular with many foreign expats
Al-Shabaab has sworn retaliation against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it since 2011. The violence of Tuesday came three years until the day after Al-Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing dozens of people
Earlier this week, charity director Luke Potter was named as the British man who was killed during the attack.
Mr Potter worked for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation as their Africa Programs Director and had recently moved to Nairobi from the UK.
Luke Potter (pictured) worked for the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and had only recently moved to Nairobi from Britain when he was killed in the terrorist attack
The father-of-one worked for more than three years for the charity of international development, most recently for projects in East Africa.
Mr. Potter, a double British-South African citizen, described himself on his corporate website as loving water sports, camping, walking and talking about adventures outside the city.
I strongly believe in the need for societies to offer everyone an equal opportunity as possible, and that, although economic competitiveness is essential to building a country, long-term stability is not feasible unless profits are widespread & # 39 ;, he said. on the website
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation said in a statement that they are deeply shocked and sadly & # 39; were to confirm the death of Mr. Potter.
"Luke had devoted the past ten years of his career to helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. He had worked with us for three and a half years and carried out assignments in East Africa.
He described Mr. Potter as & # 39; very dedicated to his work & # 39; and added that & # 39; Luke was respected by everything he worked with, enormous drive, determination, a relentless work ethic and a desire for new ideas for every project. He brought a calm head and his unique sense of humor to every situation.
& # 39; We share the sadness of his family, partner, daughter and friends. Our thoughts and deep sympathy are with them. We are now focused on providing all the support we can offer them and our employees. & # 39;
Mr. Potter had a Master of Business Administration from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and previously worked for the charity TechnoServe in East Africa and Unilever.
Spindler is depicted during a trip to Puerto Rico with friends in 2013 (left) and (right), rock climbing in Nairobi
Jason Spindler (photo), 40, was killed in the Dusit hotel in the Kenyan capital Nairobi along with 13 others on Tuesday
American businessman Jason Spindler from Houston, Texas was also one of the dead.
Spindler, who had turned 41 on the day of the terrorist attack, had survived the terrorist attack on 9/11 at the World Trade Center in 2001.
The father of Mr. Spindler, Joseph, enjoyed a successful career on Wall Street when he decided that he wanted to develop a model to help people with a low income.
Spindler later became the founder and CEO of I-DEV International, a management strategy and investment firm based in Nairobi, and lived in Kenya for the past five years.
Survivors of the attack shared the gruesome stories about what was going on in the hotel complex when the gunmen stormed the building.
How the horror in the DusitD2 Hotel unfolded
Tuesday 15 o'clock: First reports of an explosion and gunshots of the Riverside Drive complex, including the hotel, shops, restaurants and offices in the green Westlands area of Nairobi.
Several cars are burning in a parking lot while safety forces are pouring in and people are running or being taken off the stage. The police quickly call it a terrorist attack.
4:30 in the afternoonOfficials in civilian clothes rush from shop to shop to track down trapped civilians and an unknown number of attackers. A black plume of smoke rises from the stage. Sporadic artillery continues.
05:00: The Somalian-based extremist group al-Shabaab claims responsibility and says that its members are still fighting inside while the survivors run away from the scene and look desperate and report dead bodies.
06:00: Kenya's national police chief says special forces are trying to get rid of the attackers and are looking forward to bringing the situation to a standard in the shortest possible time & # 39 ;.
Kenyans paid close attention to the police response after officers had taken hours to respond to a fatal attack on the nearby Westgate shopping center in 2013.
7:00 am: A Kenyan policeman among the first on the scene says: "There was no time to count the dead", with bodies seen in restaurants downstairs and in offices upstairs. Gunfire continues.
8:30 in the evening: The National Chief of Kenya gives the first official details of the attack and says it started with an explosion where three vehicles were hit outside a bank, while a suicide bomber blew up in the hotel lobby and seriously injured bystanders.
He still calls the operation in progress.
11:00: Kenya's Interior Minister says that all buildings are secured and security forces are in the final stage of mopping & # 39 ;.
Still no official toll of dead casualties.
11:30: Kenya & # 39; s Citizen TV is broadcast with surveillance images showing four attackers, breaking up young men in ammunition bandoliers while quietly walking over an outdoor area of the complex.
Wednesday, 1 hourSome family members say that loved ones are still trapped, even after the Kenyan authorities have safely named all buildings. A woman says that her brother is hiding with more than 10 other people.
02:00Kenyan policeman says that 15 bodies have been taken to the mortuary. Tormented family and friends come together there.
4:00: Kenya's Interior Ministry says that "no further threat to the public exists & # 39; and that citizens who & # 39; in a building & # 39; are & # 39; secured & # 39; have been safely evacuated.
06:45: A new explosion and gunshots are heard, shortly after tens of survivors who were still stored in a part of the complex are freed.
They unite with relieved friends and family and talk about a long night of diving through shelters while listening to the nearby gunshot.
9:00 am: Eruptions of gunshots are still heard from the complex.
The security services make their way through the hotel complex and find anxious groups of people who have barricaded themselves in rooms.
More than 100 are recovered and included for medical treatment.
10:30 AM in the morning: Kenyan president says that 14 & # 39; innocent people & # 39; be dead and explain the attack, saying that all terrorists have been eliminated.
Reuben Kimani, a barista who worked at the hotel, said that he recognized at least one of the attackers and had given him coffee in the run-up to the attack.
& # 39; I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I saw them. They shot six of my friends, four did not die but two succumbed. & # 39;
He said the attackers were shouting: "Why are you killing our brothers and sisters in Somalia?" for opening fire.
Cyprian Otieno, a 23-year-old student, met a friend for lunch elsewhere in Westlands, then decided to go to the Dusit where his friend wanted to grab a cocktail.
& # 39; Suddenly we heard a weird BOOM followed by gunshots! Guards at the entrance shouted & # 39; go back, back & # 39; in English and Swahili, & # 39; he told AFP via Twitter.
He said that some fled while others tried to hide, wait about half an hour until they heard a voice: "kill them, kill them." in Swahili and more gunfire.
Terrified, a group of about 20 people fled to the back of the hotel.
I'm sorry to say that at that moment every man was for himself. We were all together in the beginning, but after a few minutes the attackers started shooting … I can not even remember what happened afterwards. & # 39;
Tracy Wanjiru, 28, a manager of a salon in the complex, was in the midst of a new Shabaab attack five years after she survived an attack on the Westgate shopping center when she was six months pregnant.
She told the Nation media group: "I worked there (Westgate) when the attackers rushed in, it was not easy, just like today. I can only say that I thank God. & # 39;
After the first explosion in the DusitD2 complex was heard, Wanjiru said she saw human body parts fly in the air in the midst of flames of fire & # 39 ;.
A CCTV grip with one of the five suspects already Shabaab attackers who opened fire in the hotel as a suicide bomber who had exploded in the lobby
CCTV with two of the alleged attackers who walk past a barrier to the hotel with a dark paramilitary device. Al Shabaab has already claimed responsibility for the massacre
Shocking survivors are taken to the hospital with safety precautions, barely dressed, in safety
An armed officer tells survivors to stay behind and to push down ducks if he tries to bring them to safety
A female staff member cries after he has removed it from the complex. Her male colleagues & # 39; s and a guard comfort her
The Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabaab, which has ties with Al-Qaeda, claimed that it was the cause of the attack on the DusitD2 complex, located in the well-to-do Westlands district of Nairobi, popular with many foreign emigrants.
Next to the luxurious hotel DusitD2, which is owned by Thai, the comples is hoI go to offices of several international companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Pernod Ricard, Dow Chemical and SAP, as well as the luxurious DusitD2 hotel, which is owned by the Thai government.
Citizen TV from Kenya released security cameras that showed at least four heavily armed men in dark-colored, paramilitary clothing. Officials later confirmed that five terrorists were involved in the attack and were killed.
The National Police Chief of Kenya, Joseph Boinnet, said the coordinated attack began with an explosion aimed at three vehicles outside a bank and a suicide attack in the hotel lobby that seriously wounded a number of guests.
Al-Shabaab's attack in 2013 in the nearby Westgate shopping center in Nairobi that killed 67 people, this seemed to target rich Kenyans and foreigners. It came a day after a magistrate decided that three men should stand trial in connection with the Westgate Mall siege.
Al-Shabaab has sworn retaliation against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it since 2011. The violence of Tuesday came three years on the day after al-Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, involving dozens of people life came.
The group has killed hundreds of people in Kenya. In the deadliest attack, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on Kenyan Garissa University in 2015 that killed 147 people, mostly students.
The last massacre illustrated the ability of al-Shabaab to perform spectacular blood acts despite a dramatic increase in US air strikes against President Donald Trump.
Who are Shabaab? Extremist group linked to al-Qaeda who killed 67 in 2013 Nairobi mall attack
The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabaab, whose name & # 39; The youth & # 39; means, wants to impose its strict version of Sharia law in East Africa.
The group is particularly active in Somalia, where it has an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 militants in its ranks that often unleash attacks aimed at security and government officials, as well as hotels and restaurants in the capital.
The group has also suffered deadly attacks in Kenya and Uganda, both of which supply troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, after Al-Shabaab armed robberies invaded the mall and murdered more than 60 people in 2013
Tuesday's attack caused many Kenyans to immediately think of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi in 2013, when al-Shabaab extremists invaded the luxury shopping mall, swung grenades and began a day-long siege that killed 67 people.
The British jihadist Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, would have been involved in planning that attack, according to rumors.
The complex that was attacked Tuesday is less than three kilometers from Westgate Mall and is located in what is considered one of the safest parts of the city.
The attack came three years on the day after al-Shabaab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing dozens of people.
The al-Shabaab objected to the presence of Kenyan troops in the turbulent Horn of Africa nation.
The British jihadist Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, would have been involved in planning the Westgate Mall attack, according to rumors.