(CNN)Kenyan security forces are battling to retake control of an upscale hotel and office complex in Nairobi after gunmen stormed the compound on Tuesday afternoon, in what officials say is a “suspected terror attack.”
Heavy gunfire and an explosion sent people running for their lives from the complex in an affluent neighborhood in the Kenyan capital. Footage from the scene showed armed officers escorting office workers and several injured people to safety as the sound of shots rang out. Cars in the compound could be seen aflame as a helicopter flew overhead.
The assailants are still holed up inside the DusitD2 hotel inside the complex, inspector general of Kenya’s national police service Joseph Boinnet told a news conference late Tuesday afternoon.