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Al-Shabab claim responsibility for Nairobi terror attack
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Al-Shabab claim responsibility for Nairobi terror attack

Somalia-based armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was ongoing. "We are currently conducting an operation in Nairobi," the group's military operations spokesman, Abdiaziz Abu Mus'ab, told Al Jazeera. Kenya security personnel were involved in to gun exchange in to the night as they evacuated some of the people who had been held hostage. By evening, police were yet to announce if  there were any casualties. Several people were hospitalized with gun-shot wounds. The attack came one day after trial began in another Nairobi attack al-Shabab claimed responsibility for: the deadly Westgate mall attack that left 67 people dead in 2013. Kenyan prosecutors say the four suspects in the Westgate case currently on trial committed a terrorist act and used false documents. The men deny all charges. The attack on the Dusit hotel complex - which also houses offices and banks - sent people fleeing for their lives, black smoke rising from the scene. "We are under attack," a person in an office inside the complex told the Reuters news agency. "It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible. I have seen a human as I ran out and there is what looks like minced meat all over," said one a man who said he ran from the scene. He did not elaborate further. Gunfire continued several minutes after the first reports. A bomb disposal unit was on the scene and vehicles were being cordoned off for fear that they contained explosives. According to eye witnesses, the suspected terrorist  arrived in two vehicles and forced their way in to the 14 Riverside Drive by shooting at the security guards. They then hurled explosives at vehicles at the parking before making their way in the hotel.