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December 11, 2019
People are evacuated by a member of security forces at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard...
Nairobi, Kenya
Pictures of the Year: A Picture and its Story
People are evacuated by a member of security forces at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya, January 15, 2019. Reuters Photographer Baz Ratner: "I dumped my motorbike next to the front gate of the upmarket Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi. I entered the first building with armed police. A boobytrap hand grenade rolled out from behind a door. Luckily it did not explode. KenyaÕs paramilitary General Services Unit ran in through the front gate and I ran with them to the second building. The GSU started to help civilians from the first floor to safety. While the GSU was escorting one of these groups, Officer Ali Kombo formed a line of civilians behind him. When he got in front of the hotel, he pointed his rifle at the hotel where the militants were holed up. I positioned myself between the group and a wall and took a few pictures. His face would later be splashed all over local media, making him a national hero. I managed to stay inside the building even though other journalists were cleared out. There were a few foreign security operators wearing body armour Ð and so was I Ð so maybe I blended in. If someone agreed to speak to a journalist, I'd call the office and let them do the interview. I also collected phone numbers we were able to use later to reconstruct the attack. People were speaking freely to me because I had a spare battery pack, and everyone needed to charge their phones Ð including the police. It took all night to free the trapped civilians." REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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