Survivors narrate horrifying experiences in dusitD2 terror attack
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2When he got inside his room, he started reaching out to his family through WhatsApp and was in constant communication with them. There were about 15 guests in that room and Dia was one of them. They barricaded the room until the police came and evacuated them with their hands up at about 5:45 pm. Dia said this is a moment he would never wish to relive in his life time and feared for the victims and their families. He talked of one of the staff at Dusit, who was a waitresses and they had become friends. He was not sure whether she made it out alive. “I was numb, I didn’t know what to do or say. I was just in disbelief,” he said. He added: “I called my family and told them there was a shooting at the hotel I am staying in.” Dia left all his belonging, including his travel documents but he is not worried. He said that of importance is life and he is lucky to be alive. NTV reporter, Silas Apollo was another survivor who narrated his horrific ordeal. He was in his line of duty when the terrorists struck. Apollo went to interview some of the members of the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) at their Grosvenor Suite offices in Riverside, Nairobi. He was conducting the interview at the third floor of the building, but got trapped at the first floor. “When the first explosion happened, it was quite a big one and shook almost the entire building, then there were gunshots,” Apollo said. He said the first one was a car bomb and the second one was a suicide bomber. He and a few others were stuck in a washroom for hours. “We had to scamper for safety. It was quite a long 12 hours, and it was quite uncomfortable because we were of mixed genders,” Apollo said. In a WhatsApp group, Apollo shared with other journalists how scared he was on hearing gunshots all over the building.
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