NAIROBI, Kenya (1010 WINS/AP) — An NYU law graduate student who joined the Peace Corps after the 9/11 attacks was among 14 people killed in a terrorist attack at a luxury hotel complex in Kenya’s capital Tuesday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said authorities have killed the four attackers, who are suspected members of the Al-Shabab extremist group, an affiliate of al-Qaida.
“We as a country are ready to deal with any threat to our nation,” Kenyatta said after announcing an end to the overnight operation to secure the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi.
Sporadic gunfire could be heard while scores of people were rescued at daybreak during what police called a "mopping-up" exercise.
Surveillance video showed the attack that began Tuesday afternoon involved at least four armed men.
Sarah Spindler told NBC News her son Jason Spindler was among those dead.
"We all miss him so much. And it's so sad that such a bright young person is taken away by terrorism," Spindler said.
She said he "was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets."
Jason Spindler was a recipient of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
The State Department confirmed the death of an American but didn’t release an identity.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of this individual," an official told NBC News.