An American was among more than a dozen killed when gunfire and explosions erupted at a high-end hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Department of State.
A State Department official described the attack at the upscale DusitD2 hotel as a "senseless act of violence," and condemned the assault. The American embassy in Nairobi is closely monitoring the attack, and State Department officials have offered assistance to local authorities, the official told ABC News.
"All Mission personnel are safe and accounted for," a spokesperson for the State Department said.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said 14 people were killed in the attack.
"As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost through the hands of these murderous terrorists, with others injured," Keyatta said in a broadcast early Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. "We are grieving as a country this morning, and my heart and the heart of every Kenyan, goes out to the innocent men and women violated by senseless violence."
Kenyan authorities said early Wednesday that all buildings have been secured and the operation to neutralize the attackers was over. Local authorities are calling the situation a "suspected terror attack."
"The security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the buildings. We are now in the final stages of mopping up the area and securing evidence and documenting the consequences of these unfortunate events," Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang'i said during a press conference Tuesday evening. "I can also report that the country is now secure, that the nation remains calm, that Kenyans and all of our visitors are safe and should feel free to continue getting about their normal businesses."
"The situation is under control, and the country is safe," Matiang'i added. "Terrorism will never defeat us."
Authorities did not release any information about injuries or deaths as a result of the attack, which extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for, The Associated Press reported. The al-Qaida-linked group, based in neighboring Somalia, made the claim via its radio arm, according to the AP.