Written by Greg Ellifritz
As I write this, Kenyan officials just declared the terrorist hostage siege in a Nairobi shopping mall to be over. A current count of fatalities is at 75, with nearly 200 more reported injured in the three day event. For those of you who haven’t heard about this terrorist attack, here is a brief description….
Approximately 10-15 terrorists from the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked a Nairobi shopping mall Monday around noon. al-Shabaab is a Somali Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist group. The group live tweeted to their followers during the attack at the mall. Apparently, al-Shabaab planned the attack for quite some time, actually renting a storefront in the mall where they could amass their weapons and explosives. It took three days of heavy fighting for the Kenyan defense forces to re-take the shopping mall.
I will do a complete tactical debrief on the incident once more information is released. Right now I want to focus on a single issue. Early in the attack, a former British Royal Marine (who was employed as a security contractor) armed only with a handgun, engaged the terrorists and made multiple entries into the mall to save injured hostages. The man has also been identified as a former Irish Army Ranger. Please read the news story below about his heroic acts before moving on to the rest of this article.