Britain is set to award a brave Special Air Service (SAS) soldier who hit headlines for his contribution to neutralising terrorists at DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi alongside Kenyan security agents on Tuesday, January 15. The trooper who was a conspicuous during the attack and was captured launching counter attacks and evacuating civilians to safety has received much praise from his countrymen and Kenyans for his bravery.
The Telegraph reported that the soldier was in line to receive the George Cross award for his bravery acts of saving dozens of people from the DusitD2 complex. A source within British military told the paper that the SAS officer serving as a Non-Commissioned Officer would no doubt be recommended for the award only second to the most prestigious Victoria Cross.
“The man showed remarkable bravery. He saved dozens of lives and 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 senior military source said. The soldier will not be the first Briton to be awarded for such an act of bravery done in Kenya. Dominic Troulan, a fellow Briton, was warded the George Cross in 2017. Coincidentally, this was for his bravery during the September 2013 Westgate Mall terror attack in Nairobi.
Kenya’s special forces from Kenya Defence Forces, General Service Unit and Directorate of Criminal Investigations were also lauded for excellent coordination in rescuing affected citizens and neutralising the attackers. George Kinoti, the DCI boss was among Kenyan top cops who led by example by arriving at the attack scene shortly after explosion and camped there for 18 hours just to ensure lives were saved and building secured. Kenyans also celebrated other local heroes like General Service Unit’s Ali Kombo and security expert Inayat Kassam who were among the first respondents following the attack. They helped rescue about 700 people form the 14 Riverside Complex.