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Security officers cordon off Riverside Drive in Westlands Nairobi, where an attack occured, January 15, 2019. PHOTO | KEN KIMANTHI | NMG 

Gunfire and explosions were heard Tuesday afternoon near Nairobi’s Dusit Hotel in an attack.

Plumes of smoke could be seen rising from a building in Riverside Drive in the Westlands area of the city, where the hotel and Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) offices are located.

Images of vehicles on fire near the entrance of the hotelwere being broadcast live on television stations.

The attack happened sometime at 3:15pm, starting with a loud bang, possibly a bomb before gun shots rented the air, the NairobiNews website reported.

Police and other security officers have been deployed to the location. The police have warned people to stay away from the area as they respond to the gunshot and explosion reports.

Surrounding buildings have been evacuated under the watchful eye of armed plain-clothed and uniformed officers.

Some of the people in the nearby buildings told the Nation that they are holed up in their offices.

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