NAIROBI, A memorial service has been held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for some of those killed during an attack by militants in a hotel and office complex a week ago.

Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to six men who were all employed by the same technology firm, Cellulant.

The company has praised their selflessness and bravery.

Somalia-based group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack.

Five militants, including a suicide bomber, stormed the luxury Dusit complex in the Westland’s district of the capital last Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring dozens.

Elite police officers ended a 19-hour siege after killing all the attackers.

Cellulant, described as one of Africa’s most innovative start-ups in the world of financial technology, hailed its six employees killed in the attack as brave and selfless.

The company commended Jeremiah Mbaria, Kelvin Gitonga, Ashford Kuria, Wilfred Kareithi, John Ndiritu and Denis Mwaniki for saving their colleagues while putting their lives at risk.

All of them were in the office when the attackers set off the first explosion on the compound at 3 pm local time.

Sensing trouble Mbaria and Kuria – who were leading a team meeting – started helping their colleagues to evacuate the office.

Mwaniki joined them as they guided staff out of Cellulant’s office on the fifth and sixth floor of the building.

The team managed to get 83 of the 100 colleagues out to safety through the emergency door, Cellulant said.

However, the militants noticed them and the remaining employees scattered in different directions.

Source: Nam News Network