An American businessman who died in a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel in Nairobi had missed by only minutes being at his office in the World Trade Center on 9/11, according to his father.
Jason Spindler of Houston was among 21 people killed Tuesday when gunmen attacked the DustitD2 complex in the Kenyan capital, the State Department confirmed Thursday. Five militants died in the assault.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which carried out an attack five years ago on another hotel in Nairobi that killed 67 people, has claimed responsibility for the latest deadly assault.
“These craven attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat terrorism,” Robert Palladino, deputy spokesman at the State Department. said late Wednesday. “We stand with the Kenyan government and people as they confront violent extremism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
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