American survivor of 9/11 dies in Dusit hotel attack
An American who survived the 9/11 terror attack is among those who were killed in Tuesday’s terror attack at Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive.
Jason Spindler’s mother Sarah Sandler told NBC News that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”
Spindler’s brother, Jonathan, also confirmed the family’s tragic loss via Facebook.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my brother, Jason Spindler passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Jason was a survivor of 9/11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell!” Jonathan’s post read.
The US State Department confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the Tuesday attack.
Spindler, who was the chief executive officer and global managing director of I-DEV International, was, according to colleagues, having lunch at the Dusit Hotel when the attack happened.
I-DEV is based at Metta, a space for entrepreneurs that is located at the 14 Riverside office complex in the Belgravia building’s sixth floor.
The Metta Africa head of community, memberships and operations Essie Mwikali said there were 45 people at the space when the attack happened and accounted for everyone and confirmed the death of Spindler.
Nailab chief executive Sam Gichuru eulogised Spindler as “a strong supporter of the Kenyan Tech Ecosystem.”
Tracy Wanjiru survived the Westgate and Dusit attacks
By NYABOGA KIAGE
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A woman who survived the Westgate terror attack about five years ago also miraculously came out of a deadly attack at DusitD2 complex alive Tuesday.
Tracy Wanjiru said the last thing she expected when she went to work Tuesday morning was that she would be caught up in another terror attack.
Ms Wanjiru 28, a manager at a salon in the complex, was in September 2013 at the Westgate mall when Al-Shabaab militants stormed in. She was six months pregnant at the time.
Her experience surviving the 2013 attack, informed her decisions while responding to the Dusit attack.
A few minutes past 3pm, she heard the first shots followed by a loud explosion.
Ms Wanjiru said he immediately sprang into action, alerting her colleagues that they were under attack. people around him and throwing them to the ground for cover.
They took cover and she used her Facebook page to ask for help.