The UK Daily Mail recounts the astonishing deeds of a man who must remain nameless for security reasons: a British ex-marine who was having coffee at the Westgate Shopping Center when a gang of cowardly terrorist thugs attacked. He drew his gun, leaped into action, and never stopped leaping:
A former marine emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives.
The ex soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday.
With a gun tucked into his waistband, he was pictured helping two women from the complex.
His story emerged as sporadic gunfire continued to ring out from inside the mall early today as Kenyan security forces battled Al Qaeda-linked terrorists into a fourth day.
Despite Kenyan police assurances that they had taken control of the building, a security expert with contacts inside the mall said at least 10 hostages were still being held by a band of attackers, possibly as many as 13.
The former soldier is said to have returned to the building on a dozen occasions, despite intense gunfire.
A friend in Nairobi said: ???What he did was so heroic. He was having coffee with friends when it happened.
???He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside.???
The siege was finally broken with a furious battle between Kenyan forces and the terrorists, causing three floors of the mall to collapse, presumably from bomb and grenade blasts. According to CNN, five of the terrorists have been killed, with 11 more people in custody. There is mounting speculation that British terror recruit Samantha Lewthwaite, aka the “White Widow,” was involved in the attack.
CNN’s report includes a harrowing eyewitness account from a survivor:
Mwagi Dorcas told CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday that she hid behind luggage in the mall’s ground-floor grocery store, memorizing a Muslim prayer sent to her by family in a desperate bid to save her life should attackers find her. Al-Shabaab and some witnesses have said the attackers quizzed shoppers about their faith before deciding whether to kill them, releasing Muslims and targeting many others.
“I was praying the whole time,” she said. “I believed that, you know, if I got out, I would be rescued.”
Some were spared despite not being Muslim. In one remarkable case reported by The Sun newspaper in Britain, terrorists spared a 4-year-old boy who confronted them, saying, “You’re a very bad man.”
Among the children these murderous scum did kill was the 8-year-old son of a bank branch manager, and the baby carried by pregnant malaria expert Elif Yavuz, gunned down alongside her husband despite being only a few weeks away from giving birth.
When devils ride into town, a good man with a gun can make all the difference in the world.