2002: Terrorists hit Paradise Hotel after elaborate planning

Widows and orphans of the 2002 Kikambala bombing hold a huge banner during a special prayers to mark the 8th anniversary since the attack of the former Mombasa Paradise Hotel in Kikambala, Kilifi district. Photo/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Of the 15 people who were killed, 12 were Kenyans while the rest were Israeli tourists.
  • The Kenyans were members of a troupe performing a welcome dance for the arriving guests.

Al-Qaeda suicide bombers attacked Paradise Hotel in Kikambala, Mombasa County, killing 15 people and destroying the establishment.
The terrorists arrived at the gate of the Israeli-owned hotel in a green Pajero. In the vehicle were three men, who told the guards that they had come to see someone in the hotel. They were advised to wait for clearance.

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