A british elite soldier kept a cool head and led the way in the evacuation of survivors, as the islamist militants on Tuesday struck at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to british media, there is talk of a soldier from elitekorpset SAS, who previously has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The experienced soldier was in Kenya to train local special forces, when he found himself at the Dusit hotel during the pursued, writes the media.
- He trained kenyan soldiers, when the shooting started, so he moved out. British special forces will always be toward the sound of gunfire, a source said to The Sun.
According to eyewitnesses was the british soldier, one of the first on site, after the shooting began. Photo: AFP
In a series of press photos from AFP and Reuters can be seen, the briton - masked and armed - in action at the hotel, where he actively participated in the evacuation.
He was seen dragging the wounded out of the buildings and direct the kenyan security forces in the ensuing military operation.
An eyewitness, Joshua Kwambai, says that he immediately noticed the briton, who was the only westerner among the security forces.
- This guy came quickly to the spot. I think he was one of the first. He had the mask on, but it was obvious that he was white, says Kwambai for The Independent.
- We could see that he spoke with the police and the army, and they listened to him. They looked at a drawing that was perhaps a plan of the area, he says.
another eyewitness, Lucy Njeri, adds:
- This man bar one of the wounded out, and turned and ran back into the building. He was very brave, she says.
the Briton penetrates into a building and get rescued people out. Photo: AFP
The british soldier is in Kenya to train local soldiers. Photo: AFP
According to british media, it was clear that the soldier had only had a short time to make themselves ready.
He had pulled a balaclava over his head and wearing a kamuflagefarvet, bulletproof vest. But in addition, he was dressed in shirt, jeans and practical shoes.
He was, in turn, heavily armed. In the pictures you can see that he carries a canadian-made Colt C8 rifle and a Glock pistol. In addition, he had a knife, which is used in the case of melee combat.
The british newspapers inform, you don't want to disclose the soldier's identity for his safety.
A man is checked for weapons before he is rescued out of the building. Photo: Reuters
It was a hotel complex with offices, cafes and restaurants, which was attacked by militants. Photo: Reuters
The islamist militant group al-Shabaab has declared that it stands behind the attack. The perpetrators were armed with explosives and firearms.
at Least 21 people – including both british and american nationals - lost their lives in the attack. In addition there were a further 28 persons injured. Their condition remains unknown.
The kenyan security forces ended the attack after a 20 hour long surgery. All five assailants were killed.
Five members of the somali terrorist group al-Shabaab took part in the attack. All were killed. Photo: Reuters
The militants were armed with rifles, grenades and explosives. Photo: Reuters