American identified as among 14 killed in Nairobi hotel attack

A member of Kenyan special forces shouts at the media to go back after his wounded colleague was carried into an ambulance by paramedics at the scene Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: AP/ Ben Curtis
A member of Kenyan special forces shouts at the media to go back after his wounded colleague was carried into an ambulance by paramedics at the scene Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.

January 16, 2019 06:32 AM

An American has been identified as being among those killed during an extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to a statement released to ABC News, Jason Spindler, founder and managing director of I-DEV, died in Tuesday's attack.

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"With very heavy hearts, we confirm that Jason Spindler, founder and managing director of I-DEV, was tragically among the fatalities in yesterday's attack," the statement read.

Al-Shabab — the Somalia-based Islamic extremist group that carried out the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi that left 67 people dead — claimed responsibility for the attack.

RELATED: Extremists attack hotel in Nairobi; al-Shabab claims role

Kenyan authorities have said 14 people were killed in the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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