According to the Telegraph newspaper, an off-duty SAS trooper who saved is credited with saving dozens of lives during Tuesday’s Nairobi hotel terror attack, is set to receive the George Cross for his “remarkable bravery”.
The British soldier had grabbed his Colt Canada assault rifle, pistol and combat knife from his car while on an errand in Nairobi, and ‘ran into danger’ to help victims of the Al Shabaab terrorist attack in the Kenyan capital which left at least 21 dead.
By storming buildings, dragging people to safety amid the carnage of the devastating attack and firing at the terrorists, he undoubtedly saved lives.
The newspaper claims a “well-placed source” believed to be a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer has said the serviceman will be recommended for one of the highest medals for gallantry, likely to the George Cross.
In line with Ministry of Defence (MoD) protocol not to name members of the special forces, his identity is being kept secret and any award will be given secretly and with no fanfare to avoid the soldier’s identity being revealed,
“This man has shown remarkable bravery. He has saved dozens of lives. You can fully expect him to receive one of the highest gallantry awards and most likely the George Cross. It won’t be announced. It will be given to him secretly,” the newspaper’s source said.
However, it is believed the soldier is being extracted from the country after fears his extraordinary actions may have compromised his personal security following the publication of photographs and videos of him during the attack.
The MailOnline have quoted a source who said: “For his own safety he is leaving the country as he could be tracked down. His safety is paramount.
“He is a decorated, veteran member of the SAS who was a member of D Squadron and extremely active in Syria taking part in a number of successful operations against ISIS. He had transferred to B squadron for this assignment.”
The soldier is believed to be a member of 22 SAS Regiment, which is divided into four main squadrons – A, B, D and G, each consisting of around 65 men led by a major.