Kenyans share tributes for Dusit attack victims and survivors a year on

 

January 15th, 2020 marks a year since the terror attack at Dusit complex claimed the lives of 21 people.

Some survivors and their friends and family have take to social media to share heartbreaking stories about the attack.

Brian Kuria shared on Twitter that he is glad he made it out alive

 

 

Another wrote a survivor named Roselyn is struggling financially because she is unable to work owing to injuries

 

Using the hashtag #Dusit, another man told of his sadness missing a popular sports journalist.

 

A man called Kiplimo paid tribute to  solider who rescued people, putting his life at risk.

 

The 20 hour long siege was also on the mind of Twitter user Renson who wrote

@iam_renson..
It is now one year down the line after the Dusit attack. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt condolences to those who lost their beloved ones. We shall always overcome

May the souls of those who passed on in the terror attack rest in peace.

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Man recalls wife’s terrifying battle with gun shot wounds after Dusit attack

 
Noel Kidaliza was among those who died in the 2019 terror attack at the Dusit Complex.

Up until her death she had been battling for her life at the Avenue Hospital after she was shot five times: three in the stomach, two in the shoulder

She died on January 2, after her liver failed, nearly a year after the attack.

Her husband spoke to The Stars Patrick Vidija about his wife’s fight to stay alive.

“My wife had asked me to prepare cassava for dinner that night. She loved them, especially when it is me who had prepared.”

These are the words of Bernard Kisanya, who last week lost his wife after she succumbed to gunshot injuries from the Dusit attack.

In an interview with the Star, Kisanya termed his late wife, Noel Amudavi, a strong woman and caring mother. He said all she wanted was to see her three boys finish school and become independent in their lives.

Noel was the only nurse stationed at the DusitD2 Hotel. During the attack, she was on duty at the facility.

When she heard an explosion, she did not know the complex was under attack. She ran from her room with intent to find out what was happening.

On her way out, she bumped into one of the attackers, who shot her twice in the shoulder.

She tried to make her way back to the hotel, but as she ran up the stairs, she found two the hotel staff who had been severely injured.

She couldn’t leave them behind, she wanted to help, so she tried to secure them.

Unfortunately, the attacker couldn’t let her. She was again shot three times in the stomach.

Noel fell unconscious but did not die. She was among the first victims to be rescued and admitted at the Avenue Hospital in Parklands.

“On normal days, she is the one who gets home before me, but on that day, I had no deliveries to make so I called her to let her know I was in the house,” Kisanya, who works for a delivery company, said.

Kisanya said his wife was so happy and thus requested that he prepares her favourite delicacy, cassava.

“I stepped out of the house and ran an errand at a Huduma Centre and later went back. At around 3pm, I decided to turn on the TV and to my shock, there was breaking news,” he recalled.

He later got confirmation from a friend that Dusit complex, where his wife was working, was under attack.

“I panicked after I tried to call my wife but her phone went unanswered. I called my eldest son, who was within Westlands, to check out what was happening and on arrival, he found it was a no-go zone,” he said.

His son asked where victims had been admitted and after moving in various hospitals, they found their mother at the Avenue Hospital.

Amid tears, Kisanya said, “She had lost a lot of blood and she was headed to the theatre. Between 6pm when I arrived at the hospital till 2am the following day, my wife was fighting for her life in the operation chamber, where she got part of her intestines removed due to the damage by the bullets.” 

As he sobbed, he said this remains the darkest hour in his entire life.

Alice later suffered a one-week coma and spent another three months at the HDU ward.

Noel was later discharged but they have been attending clinics after every three days.

“The doctor did a very good job. I was happy to see her talk once again, but the pain she has gone through is unbearable,” Kisanya said.

Noel, however, suffered loss of appetite and she would not eat much. As days went by, she drastically reduced her weight from 70-42kg.

The shots in her shoulder affected her liver, making her lose her sight and body balance.

“She had shown all signs of recovery and as a family, we were very happy. We wanted to see her back to her feet,” Kisanya said.

However, on December 21, she started complaining of dizziness, vomiting and diarrhoea. They rushed her to Avenue Hospital, where she was admitted but later discharged on December 27, after she recovered.

Kisanya said on December 25, his wife made a special request and they served dinner in the hospital as a family.

“I did not know that was the last day we shall share a moment as a family. On December 30, my wife passed out in the house and when we arrived at the hospital, her sugar level was zero. She was to be admitted at the HDU but doctors looked at her and immediately took her to ICU,” he said.

Unfortunately, after three days, Noel died after her liver failed.

“She opened her eyes, looked at me and grabbed my hand. She held me tight and told me ‘My husband, you have tried’. She wanted to utter more but she couldn’t. She closed her eyes and that is how she went to be with the Lord,” Kisanya said.

“I have been left destabilised and disoriented. I have been sitting with her in the house all this time. I am devastated and frustrated. I have lost a wife and a good friend. I have seen her suffer, we have cried together but it shall be well.”

Noel will be laid to rest this Saturday at their Chebara home in Kemeloi, Nandi county.

She adds to 22 the number of those who died as a result of the attack at the 14 Riverside DusitD2 on January 15 last year. To date, the attack has left some survivors still haunted by the 20-hour siege.

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How Classic 105’s Mwalimu Kingangi identifies his neighbors

Terrorists who killed people in the Dusit attack lived a normal life in Ruaka.

No one knew he was on a deadly suicide mission.

News that one of the killers of the Riverside suspected terror attack lived in Ruaka, has shocked many.

Neighbors say he was even in the whatsapp group, and did not talk much. The only person he spoke to was the watchman.

For the longest time the government has spoken about nyumba kumi.

Maina Kageni in  the morning conversation challenged listeners to name five of their neighbors and their careers. Not many could do this.

Mwalimu Kingangi knows one of his neighbors as ‘that guy aliyeniibia vest’. He says we know our neighbors by the things they do eg, the guy with the noisy subaru, or the one with many children etc.

kuna moja wacha nikuambie. aliniibia vest, na nitakuja kumwabia ebu toa shirti nione vest. 

How does he know the neighbor stole?

‘unaona vile zinamfinya. vest anakuachia zile zimetoboka, 

 

Do you know you could be living next to the biggest killer in Africa, Maina posed this question.

Do you know your neighbors full names? You cannot know someone by the name Baba sweetie. Do you realise the importance of knowing your neighbor?

One female caller echoed Kingangi’s thoughts saying

Actually I only know my neighbors by their children’s names. I know mama Kate, but I don’t know her full name. I know my landlords name because we pay through the bank account.

Another said

Ata mimi najua Wambua anaitwa Wmbua baba ngonyo jina lingine sijui, na yeye hufanya hii petrol station. Najua mwingine anaitwa Kariuki, lakini si jina kamili.

Maina is challenging Kenyans to do the know your neighbor challenge, and report back.

Grab some tissue: Viral photo of woman serving breakfast at 14 Riverside Drive 

 

This picture of an unnamed woman serving hot tea and break to security personnel and responders at the site of the Riverside attack, has impressed many.

The photo is perhaps one of the most widely circulated pictures of the sad events reported from the scene of the suspected terror attack.

The photo has generated thousands of comments, as it has been announced that the operation at Riverside Drive is over.

Riverside Attack: Kenyans praise hero Inayat Kassam for rescue efforts

Inayat Kassam is the name on the mouths of many Kenyans who have labelled him a hero.

According to the accounts of KOT (Kenyans on twitter) Kassam has previously responded to the Westgate terror attack back in 2013, helping evacuate civilians.

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Inayata Kassam rescuing civilians at the Westgate terror attack

Kassam was also spotted at 14 riverside Drive on Tuesday when the suspected terror attack happened.

He was among security personnel responding to the call of help by Kenyans trapped in the building.

Kassam is a member of the Kenya national gun association, and due to his experience emerged to assist evacuate people caught up in the attack at Dusit.

Read reaction from KOT praising him;

Mr cheboiwo..
This Man INAYAT KASSAM risking his life without even Bulet proof jacket for the love of Kenya and Kenyan people.
Big up sir !! 💪💪💪💪
#Weshallovercome

Philip Etale..
This man Inayat Kassam deserves a State Commendation.

KenyanTraffic..Meet Sir Inayat Kassam, an experienced combatives and shooting instructor. He was one of the first responders at the scene during the 14 Riverside Drive attack just like he was during the Westgate attack.
This is a true hero..Thank-you for saving many live

Laban-Cliff Onserio..
A definition of a true Neighbour. He saved lives during the Westgate attack & today he risked his life for others.

May the selfless act of Kenyans like Inayat Kassam, inspire us all to go beyond our call of duty to serve God and country.
Daveson Kiptoo..
#Nairobi #RiversideAttack #NairobiAttack On behalf of other Kenyans, I say Thank u, God bless u Inayat Kassam.

Yuri..
If the government was truly serious about honouring actual Kenyan heroes, Inayat Kassam would be top of the list.

But instead, we watch in shame as Head of State Commendations are awarded to people for queuing while carrying githeri in polythene bags.

Uzalendo News..
In the helm of Kenya’s perilious times, a familiar face was spotted during yesterday’s attack. Inayat Kassam.
Inayat Kassam is an experienced combatives and shooting instructor.

Family and friends camp at police station for Kenyan man arrested as Riverside attack suspect

Moments after the suspected terror attack at 14 Riverside drive, a man was seen being driven away by police after being identified as a possible suspect behind the attack.

Kenyans on social media immediately came to his defense, pleading for his release, after saying he was innocent.

A hashtag trended and hours later the man Bryson Mwakuwona was released.

According to KOT (Kenyans on Twitter) the man is a Kenyatta University student and his friends came out to defend him.

His friends and family camped at Kileleshwa police station until he was released.

Bryson was released early Wednesday, according to the tweet he sent out below.

 

14 Riverside Drive: Here is the timeline of the suspected terror attack

3 people are dead in the 14 Riverside Drive terror attack in Westlands.

We have put together a timeline of events leading to the attack.

 

3:48PM: Suspected terrorists arrive at dusitD2 Hotel on Riverside Drive, Nairobi in a silver 5-seater hatchback and walk toward security officers at the hotel’s gate, where they throw an explosive at the security agents.

3:50PM: A loud bang resembling a grenade explosion is heard, with black smoke swelling and rising up into the air.

3:55PM: Three vehicles on fire spotted at the scene.

3:58PM: DCI George Kinoti and team arrive.

4PM: Social media awash with claims of occupants trapped in dusitD2 saying the facility is under attack. Armed law enforcement agents arrive at the facility.

4:05PM: Rescue mission underway as a man sporting a red T-shirt and black pair of trousers is seen being moved away, with a gunshot wound in the back. He is bleeding profusely.

4:11PM: Students from Nairobi University, who reside in the nearby Chiromo hostels, are ordered to vacate the premises.

4:20PM: Those injured taken to Aga Khan Hospital

4:25PM: Ambulances with sirens arrive at scene.

4:25PM: Recce squad security officers advance into the hotel to try and neutralize the attackers.

4:30PM: Kenya Airforce team arrives at scene.

4:33PM: Firefighters arrive

4:36PM: Recce officers gain access into the building.

4:40PM: Citizen TV reporter Francis Gachuri says 6 gunmen spotted by security agencies.

4:45PM: Abbas Gullet, the Kenya Red Cross Secretary General, is seen entering the dusitD2 premises.

Rescued: Last prayer of man in 14 Riverside terror attack

A man who identified himself as Ron Nge’no has been rescued along other Kenyans who were caught up in the River side drive attack in Westlands.

Minutes after the blasts and explosions were heard, Nge’no like many others tweeted asking for help in a tweet that has touched many.

EXPLOSION, gunshots reported around 14 Riverside Drive in Westlands

In a thread widely shared, he tells of where he is, before saying a last prayer maybe after fearing death is near.

“There was a massive bombs blast then gunshot please @USEmbassykenya @IsraelEmergency help SOS”

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Riverside Attack

Exclusive Photos of current situation at Riverside drive,Westlands

In another he adds

“I am hiding in a bathroom on first floor Grosvenor building terrorist are going room to room HELP.”

As a final plea to his maker he says

“If I die I love the Lord and believe I will go to heaven ,Please tell my family I love them, I love you Caleb, Mark and Carol.”

 

Rescue operations were conducted through joint efforts including Recce squad.

Other people have also called for help but it’s not clear whether they have been rescued or not.

@254 Pacer Everyone please RT this. We are stuck in the office in 14 Riverside. There has been a bomb and there are gunmen everywhere. @PoliceKE please send help

@nkirote72: This is really freaking me out hiding in the office. keep us in prayers #Riverside
 

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EXPLOSION, gunshots reported around 14 Riverside Drive in Westlands

An explosion and gunshots rent the air in Westlands at 14 Riverside Drive, sending Kenyans into panic.

Some took to social media to give accounts of the attack.

Please stay safe as authoroties try to unravel details of the incident.