EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror

EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror

A highly trained British Special Forces (SAS) operative happened to be in Nairobi on the day of the Riverside attack claimed by Al Shabaab. Due to his previous links with the Kenyan security forces, he was called in to help. Cold, ruthless and brave. This is the story of the balaclava-clad ninja who helped save the day.

According to our sources, the lone SAS operative was in the country for joint training programs for Kenya security forces.

On 15th January at about ten minutes past 3 o'clock in the afternoon, news broke that 14 Riverside complex was under attack from suspected militants. A blast and gunshots could be heard in the areas around Riverside drive.

A suicide bomber had detonated his vest just outside the Secret Garden restaurant and five gunmen marauded around the premises shooting at office workers and visitors at the complex.

The SAS operative arrived later kitted up with gear that is clearly different from Kenyan uniforms and kit.

EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror
Photo courtesy of The Sun

As he prepared for the operation, he was fully kitted up with body armour, a combat dagger, a Glock pistol on holster and most importantly, a modified Colt Canada C8 assault rifle with a silencer.

He was ready to go in to face the assailants accompanied by Kenyan security agencies. As per protocol, the floor plan of the complex was shared and he knew that survivors were trapped inside the buildings at 14 Riverside.

EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror


Flanked by Kenyan officers, the operation begun in earnest. This was a delicate situation as it was not yet clear where the hostiles were. It had to be done calmly and this is where all training you have ever received comes in handy.

EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror
CREDIT | REUTERS

Those within the premises had to identify themselves to avoid 'friendly fire'. First task at hand was rescuing the survivors after it was determined that the gunmen were in a different location of the building.

EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror

The first batch of survivors came out with instruction to crouch low in case live bullets came flying over. In such high adrenaline situations, calmness is an asset.

EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror


EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror

Photos show the masked operatives escorting a woman out of the building, while holding her hand tightly.
EXCLUSIVE: How Masked British Special Forces Operative Helped End Riverside Terror
CREDIT | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Special Forces operative is also visible in this photo where more survivors run to safety.

Aside from him, other US Navy Seals were also present during the attack that lasted more than 19 hours as more people got rescued.

From the photos seen by Daily Updates, the fatal injuries to the assailants are a result of powerful automatic weapons that possibly were used in close combat. We cannot post the pictures here due to their sensitivity.

According to witnesses, the man was among the first responders and he showed unmatched bravery.

"There was a lot of confusion, a lot of people running around, but he stood out. He was very brave.”Joshua Kwambai — who fled a restaurant there when the attack began — added: “This guy got there quick. I think he was one of first there. He had a mask on.“We could see him talking to the police and army and they listened to him. They were looking at pieces of paper, maybe plans of the building.”
Sources say that he indeed fired several rounds during the operation and because the SAS are excellent marksmen, he did not miss.

A balaclava, also known as a balaclava helmet, is a form of cloth headgear designed to expose only part of the face usually the eyes and nose. 

NOTE: Daily Updates would like to clarify that this article DOES NOT, in any way play down the work done by our gallant Kenya security officers at Riverside. Rather, it's a tribute to the people who offer to help during our time of need. The siege ended as a result of combined efforts of all those involved.

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