A long serving member of the SAS (Special Air Service) who was in Kenya to train and mentor the country’s special forces was among those who leapt into action when four terrorists attacked the DusitD2 complex in Nairobi.
Founded in 1941 as a regiment, and later reconstituted as a corps in 1950, the SAS is a special forces unit of the British Army which undertakes a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, direct action and hostage rescue.
Initially operating alone, wearing jeans, trainers and body armour with his identity protected by a balaclava, sources say the SAS hero was joined by Navy Seals from America as they worked together to neutralise the terrorist threat and rescue survivors.
Photographs published by The Sun newspaper show him escorting survivors from the scene and storming a building armed with his assault rifle during the incident.
An insider told the newspaper: “UK Special Forces always run towards the sound of gunfire. He was there training and mentoring Kenyan forces when the shout went up, so they went in.
“During the operation he fired off some rounds – it’s a 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.”
More than 700 civilians were evacuated from the DusitD2 complex after a 20-hour siege that echoed a 2013 assault that killed 67 people in Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre in the same neighbourhood.
British man Luke Potter was among the 15 killed during the attack and another Briton was reported to have been injured. An American survivor of 9/11 was also named among the dead.