Former Save the Children UK Communications Officer Abdalla Dahir, 33, and fellow Kenyan development professional Feisal Ahmed, 31, have been named among those killed during yesterday’s terror attack in Nairobi.
The pair, Somali-Kenyans from UK based consulting firm Adam Smith International (ASI), were having lunch together at the Secret Garden restaurant in the grounds of the DusitD2 complex, where the ASI Kenya office is also located, when the suicide bomber struck.
Both young men worked on the Somalia Stability Fund, a project managed by ASI on behalf of multiple donors to bring peace and prosperity to Somalia through more than 100 local community initiatives.
Friends and relatives described Ahmed, whose widow is seven months pregnant, and Dahir as inseparable. Their bodies left the mortuary together for a joint funeral earlier today.
ASI reported it managed to safely evacuate 50 staff and consultants from its office when the explosion and gunfire erupted.
This is the second time that ASI has faced loss of life through terrorist attacks in Nairobi. In 2013, an adviser, James Thomas, was caught in the attack on the Westgate shopping mall, where 71 people were killed by gunmen.