NAIROBI KENYA. A British SAS soldier, who was reportedly in Kenya to train special forces, took part in operation against attackers. The SAS officer helped secure a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi after 14 people, including a Briton, were killed in a militant attack.
Another Briton was wounded as gunmen stormed the DusitD2 complex in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital on Tuesday afternoon, setting off explosions and shooting people.
It is understood a member of the SAS was involved in the mission, although the MoD said it did not comment on special forces.
Images showed a heavily armed man with a military vest and balaclava working with local forces and helping victims leave the complex.
News sources reported that the lone SAS member was involved in the operation, along with US Navy seals, having been in the country to train Kenyan special forces.
Announcing the end of the operation to secure the area on Wednesday, the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, said: “All the terrorists have been eliminated.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege ended with five jihadist attackers “eliminated”.
In a televised address, President Kenyatta said “every person that was involved in the funding, planning and execution of this heinous act” would be “relentlessly” pursued.
At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya’s government has confirmed.
Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday.
Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya’s Red Cross said 19 are still missing.
Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack, which triggered a 19-hour security operation.
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