SAS Soldier in Nairobi Rescue Mission
British Special Forces Soldier Seen at Al-Shabaab Attack in Kenyan Capital
An unidentified SAS soldier was involved in the rescue mission during Al-Shabaab’s siege of the Dusit D2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Local Kenyan TV showed a man in jeans, blue shirt and military body armour, armed with an assault rifle moving round the hotel during the 20-hour terrorist siege.
At least four, possibly six Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked the Dusit 2 hotel, Tuesday, January 15. A British man was killed during the attack and another wounded. At least 21 people are believed to have died in the attack. All al-Shabaab terrorists were shot dead by security forces.
The dead Briton has been identified as Luke Potter, director of the charity the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. The 40yo father was in Nairobi to help the forestry and tea industries.
Photographs show the SAS soldier leading terrified people to safety. He is believed to have assisted US Navy Seals during the rescue. Another photograph shows him helping an injured man to safety as al-Shabaab terrorists still held the building.
He was very brave.
Eyewitness Lucy Njeri said: “He carried out one of the wounded, then went back and did that again. There was a lot of confusion, a lot of people running around, but he stood out. He was very brave.”
Another witness, Joshua Kwambai, added: “This guy got there quick. I think he was one of first there. He had a mask on. “We could see him talking to the police and army and they listened to him. They were looking at pieces of paper, maybe plans of the building.”
At 15.00 on Tuesday, January 16, a group of al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the DusitD2 hotel. Bombs were thrown at vehicles, while one of the terrorists detonated his suicide vest in the hotel lobby.
By 16.00, security forces were at the scene, including the unidentified SAS soldier.
The hotel was sealed off and gunfire and explosions could be heard from inside as special forces cleared the building.
The incident was officially declared over at 11.00 on Wednesday by the Kenyan president.
The MOD does not comment on special forces operations, but the SAS man was reported to have been in Nairobi to train Kenyan special forces.
An unnamed source told The Sun: “UK Special Forces always run towards the sound of gunfire. During the operation he fired off some rounds – it’s safe bet he hit his target – the SAS don’t miss. He is a long serving member of the Regiment, there is no doubt his actions saved lives.”
Rumours are the SAS soldier was an experienced counter-terrorism operative who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Image: screenshot from a local Kenyan TV station showing the unidentified SAS soldier at the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi.