An SAS soldier who saved numerous lives during a terror attack in Kenya will be awarded the George Cross for “remarkable bravery“, it has been reported.
At least 21 people were killed when Al-Shabab militants stormed the Dusit luxury hotel complex in Nairobi earlier this week.
The SAS man, who is believed to be a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, will be recommended for Britain’s second highest military award, The Telegraph reported.
The George Cross is awarded to members of Britain’s Armed Forces for acts of extreme bravery and gallantry. Only the Victoria Cross is more prestigious.
The identity of the special forces member will continue to be kept under wraps due to a Ministry of Defence protocol.
He was alone out shopping when the attack was launched, military legend Chris Ryan revealed.
It was reported he was on an “admin run” when al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the nearby hotel complex.
Chris Ryan said: “He was out shopping on an admin run.
“He had his equipment in the car, so when it all kicked off he sprinted back to his car and quickly got kitted up before heading straight towards the firefight.
“When he arrived in the hotel he started organising the entire operation, directing the police and army.
“Then he went in there on his own to neutralise the enemy and rescue the hostages.
“His actions certainly saved many lives and shows the manner of these men, who are extremely brave and always ready.”
A British man was among at least 21 people killed in the attack.
Luke Potter, a dad-of-one, described himself on his company website as loving water-sports, camping, hiking and talking about adventures outside the city.
He had only recently moved to Nairobi from Britain.
He was a dual South African/British national.
American businessman Jason Spindler, 40, also died in the assault.
His brother Jonathan confirmed that his brother was amongst the victims, the Daily Mail reported.
He said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that my brother, Jason, passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi.”
“Jason was a survivor of 9/11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell.
“There are no words to describe how our family is feeling but I can say… Jason Spindler, you are and always will be an amazing son, brother and uncle.
“Rest in peace – we will miss you dearly.”
Spindler was working for the investment Salomon Brothers when the 9/11 attacks occurred, it was reported.
He narrowly avoided death after fleeing from Building 7 before it was completely destroyed.