INTRODUCTION: Kenya police are searching for a man with a Maltese passport after a bomb wrecked Nairobi's exclusive Norfolk Hotel on New Year's Eve.
GV Exterior of Norfolk Hotel showing damage.
SV tracking shot and a PAN rubble and damage, man digging (4 shots)
GV Christmas tree of roof
SV bodies covered in blankets and PAN to damaged building (2 shots)
GV tilt down bodies in courtyard, crowd looking on
SV exterior SV exterior, damage to cars from blast (2 shots)
SV police with dog (2 shots)
GV Nairobi Hospital with sign (2 shots)
SV Joe Torch speaking English in hospital bed
SCU and CU Mrs. Christina Dean speaking in English in bed (2 shots)
CU Donna Quinn speaking English in bed
CU his son Noah speaking in English in bed
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
JOE TORCH: (SEQ. 9) "No I walked in there. The room was nicely prepared and it was almost full. I moved the chair to sit down and bump. That was it. I thought a Christmas Cracker had gone off. A large one."
INTERVIEWER: "Could you describe the explosion? What did it seem like to you?"
CHRISTINA DEAN: (SEQ. 10) "I don't know. i didn't even remembering hearing sounds. A boom, I heard crashing wood and people were screaming. There was total panic. My husband thought it was a bomb. It happened..you've no idea. Two seconds and I think I was already outside. It was so quick. It was pitch black and there was debris everywhere. Huge pieces of wood and plaster."
DONNA QUINN: (SEQ. 11) "I thought I was dreaming. I was buried under stuff and I'd had a very bad cold and I's had trouble breathing and I couldn't catch my breath under the stuff and i couldn't move my body and I was screaming and screaming for help and I heard people screaming and I didn't even know what had happened. I never heard an explosion. I never heard anything."
PAT QUINN: (SEQ. 12) "It was like a terrific sort of boom and like a terrific wind.. a big wind. Then I ducked and some of the flesh was frying on my face I could see a kind of red wall and that was the fire."
NOAH QUINN: (SEQ. 13) "Yeah, Big and red explosion came and people flying through the air and hitting the ground and stuff and it was scarey."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Kenya police are searching for a man with a Maltese passport after a bomb wrecked Nairobi's exclusive Norfolk Hotel on New Year's Eve. Thirteen people died in the explosion and eighty-seven were injured. Forty-two people were detained in hospital, many of them in serious conditions.
SYNOPSIS: The bomb was planted in a room over the hotel restaurant where New Year's Eve revellers were gathering for dinner. The casualty list could have been much worse. The bomb was set up on a steel beam which absorbed much of the impact of the explosion and not all of the 160 dinners who had booked tables were present when the bomb went off. Police say they are looking for a man with a Maltese passport who checked into the hotel but did not check out. it's understood the man had been staying in the room where the bomb was planted.
At first, Kenyan police announced that sixteen people had died in the blast. But the death toll was later adjusted to thirteen. The mix-up had been caused by confusion at nairobi city morgue. Most of the bodies recovered from the wreckage had been charred beyond recognition. The list of victims included French, Belgian, Italian and British nationals.
At Nairobi hospital, staff were busy attending to the eighty-seven injured. Some of the less seriously injured survivors explained how the devastating blast had gone off completely without warning. Joe Torch, a Briton working for the Kenyan Government said he was not aware of any trouble leading up to the bombing.