“He Went Back in 12 Times and Saved 100 People”


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On 21 September 2013, terrorists killed 61 civilians and six Kenyan soldiers at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. A hero of the terrorist attack was a former British Royal Marine who settled in Kenyan after completing his military service. He was not identified for purposes of security, but armed only with a handgun, he saved 100 people from jihadists armed with AK47s. The former Marine was having coffee with friends at the mall when the attack started. He led people out of the mall and returned at least 12 more times to lead more people to safety. One of the former Marine’s friends said, “What he did was so heroic … he went back in 12 times and saved 100 people.” The friend added, “Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside.” The former Marine’s story became known after he was photographed leading two women to safety.

For Further Information: John Hall, “Kenya shopping mall attack: Hero former Royal Marine re-entered Westgate shopping centre 12 times to save 100 people from terrorists.” Independent (UK). 24 September 2013


For Further Information: Tom Palmer, Rakesh Ramchurn, and Jonathan Brown, “Kenya shopping mall attack: Stories of the heroes and the victims – From a boy who took on terrorists to the off-duty SAS soldier.” Independent (UK). 25 September 2013


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