A British SAS hero jumped in to fight a group of Islamist terrorists who launched an attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya, killing 14 people, on Tuesday. Photos from the scenes yesterday show the off-duty Special Forces personnel with combat gear over casual jeans and purple shirt storming the building and rescuing civilians. Tuesday's terror attack at a hotel and office complex in Nairobi saw five gunmen kill 14 people, including an unnamed Briton and a 41-year-old U.S. businessman, after detonating car bombs outside. More than 700 people were evacuated from the complex overnight, however, some 50 people believed to have been in the building at the time of the attack are still unaccounted for, according to the Kenya Red Cross.
The British SAS soldier was reportedly in Nairobi to train Kenyan Special Forces when a request for help went out to local forces. 'He was there training and mentoring Kenyan forces when the shout went up, so they went in,' an insider told The Sun.'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.' The Sun's source claimed the British SAS-man was joined by US Navy Seals in aiding Kenyan Special Forces yesterday.
President Kenyatta said that 14 civilians have been confirmed dead and that more than 700 people had been evacuated to safety during the attack. This morning, it emerged that U.S. businessman Jason Spindler from Houston, Texas was among the dead.Spindler, who turned 41 on the very day of the terror attack, had survived the 9/11 terror attack on World Trade Center in 2001. Mr Spindler's father, Joseph, had been enjoying a successful career on Wall Street when he decided that he wanted to develop a model for helping low-income people. Spindler later became the founder and CEO of I-DEV International, a management strategy and investment firm based in Nairobi, and had lived in Kenya for the past five years. The British casualty, understood to be of dual British and South African nationality, has not been named. Another British citizen was injured in the attack and is receiving care, the Foreign Office confirmed today. London-based company Adam Smith International also said two employees were killed in the attack.Abdalla Dahir and Feisal Ahmed were killed on the terrace of a restaurant in the complex where the company has Nairobi offices, the company said in a statement.Survivors of the attack have shared the horrific tales of what went on inside the hotel complex when the gunmen stormed the building.Reuben Kimani, a barista working at the hotel, said he recognised at least one of the attackers, having served him coffee in the run-up to the assault.'I knew one of them because he had a big scar on one of his hands,' he said. 'I saw them. They shot six of my friends, four didn't die but two succumbed.'He said the attackers yelled out 'why are you killing our brothers and sisters in Somalia?' before opening fire.
Cyprian Otieno, a 23-year-old student, met a friend for lunch elsewhere in Westlands, and then decided to go to the Dusit where his friend wanted to grab a cocktail.'All of a sudden we heard a weird BOOM followed by gunfire! Security guards at the entrance screamed 'get back, get back' in English and Swahili,' he told AFP via Twitter.He said some fled while others tried to hide, waiting about half an hour until they heard a voice shouting 'kill them, kill them' in Swahili and more gunfire.Terrified a group of about 20 people fled towards the back of the hotel.'Sorry to say at that point it was every man for himself. We were all together in the beginning but after a few minutes the attackers began shooting... I can't even really remember what happened afterwards.' Tracy Wanjiru, 28, a manager at a salon housed in the complex, found herself in the middle of another Shabaab strike, five years after surviving an attack on the Westgate mall while she was six months pregnant.Speaking to the Nation media group she said: 'I was working there (Westgate) when the attackers stormed in, it was not easy just like today. All I can say is that I thank God.'After the first blast was heard at the DusitD2 complex, Wanjiru says she saw 'human body parts in the midst of fire flames flying in the air'.
Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, which has links to al-Qaeda, claimed it was behind the attack at the DusitD2 complex, situated in Nairobi's well-to-do Westlands neighbourhood, popular with many foreign expatriates.As well as the Thai-owned luxury hotel DusitD2, the comples is home to offices of several international companies including Colgate Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Pernod Ricard, Dow Chemical and SAP, as well as the Thai-owned luxury hotel DusitD2. Kenya's Citizen TV aired security camera footage that showed at least four heavily armed men in dark-coloured, paramilitary-style gear. Officials later confirmed that five terrorists had been involved in the attack and killed.Kenya's national police chief, Joseph Boinnet, said the coordinated assault began with an explosion that targeted three vehicles outside a bank, and a suicide bombing in the hotel lobby that severely wounded a number of guests.Kenyan hospitals appealed for blood donations even as the number of wounded remained unclear.
Video footage from inside the hotel showed Kenyan security officers searching the building and workers emerging from hiding while gunfire could still be heard. Some climbed out a window by ladder.One man got up from the floor where he appeared to be trying to hide under a piece of wooden panelling. Al-Shabaab's 2013 attack at the nearby Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed 67 people, this one appeared aimed at wealthy Kenyans and foreigners. It came a day after a magistrate ruled that three men must stand trial in connection with the Westgate Mall siege.Al-Shabab has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight it since 2011. Tuesday's violence came three years to the day after al-Shabab extremists attacked a Kenyan military base in Somalia, killing scores of people.The group has killed hundreds of people in Kenya. In the deadliest attack, al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an assault on Kenya's Garissa University in 2015 that killed 147 people, mostly students.The latest carnage demonstrated al-Shabab's continued ability to carry out spectacular acts of bloodshed despite a dramatic increase in US air strikes against it under President Donald Trump.