‘Selfless six’ mourned in Nairobi after siege

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A memorial service has been held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for some of those killed during an attack by Islamist militants in a hotel and office complex a week ago.

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to six men who were all employed by the same technology firm, Cellulant.

The company has praised their selflessness and bravery.

Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack.

Five militants, including a suicide bomber, stormed the luxury Dusit complex in the Westland’s district of the capital last Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring dozens.

Elite police officers ended a 19-hour siege after killing all the attackers.

Cellulant, described as one of Africa’s most innovative start-ups in the world of financial technology, hailed its six employees killed in the attack as brave and selfless.

The company commended, Jeremiah Mbaria, Kelvin Gitonga, Ashford Kuria, Wilfred Kareithi, John Ndiritu, Denis Mwaniki for saving their colleagues while putting their lives at risk.

All of them were in the office when the attackers set off the first explosion on the compound at 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT)

Sensing trouble Mr Mbaria and Mr Kuria – who were leading a team meeting – started helping their colleagues to evacuate the office.

Mr Mwaniki joined them as they guided staff out of Cellulant’s office on the fifth and sixth floor of the building.

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