A Jewish businessman from America is among at least 14 people killed in a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya.
The US State Department confirmed Jason Spindler was among fatalities at the dusitD2 hotel complex this week.
Eleven Kenyans and a British citizen with South African nationality were among casualties, local officials confirmed.
The UK Foreign Office noted another Britain was wounded.
The attack involved four armed terrorists, Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed security forces had “eliminated” the terrorists involved in the attack in a televised address. He also vowed to pursue relentlessly “every person involved in the funding, planning and execution of this heinous act.”
Kenyatta added, “We are a country governed by laws, rules and regulations, a country that embraces peaceful coexistence. I must also state that we are also a nation that never forgets those who hurt our children.”
The Israeli Embassy in Kenya has offered support and condemned a “horrific terror attack” on innocent lives.
“Yet another attack on innocent people going about their errands. Israel stands with Kenya during this sad moment,” noted a statement. “We shall continue to fight terror together.”
Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev added, “Our thoughts & prayers at Israel in UK are with High Commissioner Manoah Esipisu, his team at Kenya Mission UK, and his countrymen at this difficult time”.
Yuval Rotem, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, was horrified by the news from Nairobi.
“As the event unfolds, we stand with the government & people of Kenya in the fight against terrorism. Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims’ families”,” he tweeted.
Head of a consulting firm with offices according to media reports, Spindler was attending a meeting when terrorists storming the building murdered him.
A law graduate at New York University, he previously volunteered for the Peace Corps.
His family are traveling to Kenya.
One of Spindler’s friend, Chris Schroder, paid tribute on social media.
“Jason was one of those rare men who was loved by pretty much anyone be touched in Kenya and around the world,” he noted on Twitter. “I am grateful to have known and learned from him.”
The dusitD2 complex includes bars, restaurants, offices and banks in the plush Westlands area where ex-pats are based.
By Adam Moses