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She survived Kenya’s Westgate and hotel complex attacks

Tracy Wanjiru who survived the Westgate and Dusit terror attacks. PHOTO | COURTESY 

By Our Reporter

KENYA – A Christian woman who survived the Westgate terror attack about five years ago also miraculously came out of a deadly attack at DusitD2 complex alive Tuesday.

Tracy Wanjiru took to social media after the incident to thank God adding that the last thing she expected when she went to work Tuesday morning was that she would be caught up in another terror attack.

Ms Wanjiru 28, a manager at a salon in the complex, was in September 2013 at the Westgate mall when Al-Shabaab militants stormed in. She was six months pregnant at the time.

Her experience surviving the 2013 attack where 67 people died, informed her decisions while responding to the Dusit attack that left 14 dead and several others injured.

A few minutes past 3pm, she heard the first shots followed by a loud explosion.

Ms Wanjiru said she immediately sprang into action, alerting her colleagues that they were under attack.

Spokesman for al-Shabab’s military operations, Abdiasis Abu Musab, said: ‘We are behind the attack in Nairobi.’

The attackers stormed the hotel and office complex at around 3pm on Tuesday afternoon local time, shooting indiscriminately and bombing vehicles in the car park.  At least one attacker blew himself up in the lobby. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta briefed Kenyans on Wednesday after Kenyan forces killed all the militants after almost 10 hours of battle.

“I can now confirm that at as about one hour ago, the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated.  As of this moment, we have confirmation that fourteen innocent lives were lost by the terrorists, with others injured,” Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement.

Kenyatta assured Kenyans that the government will not rest until those who helped plan and execute the attack have been brought to account.

“We are a country governed by laws, rules and regulations, and that embraces peaceful co-existence. We believe in these principles and values even in the face of adversity. We are also a nation that never forgets those who hurt its children,” he added.

Nation Daily contributed to this report.

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