Here’s the news from Kenya:
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 guy apparently entered the mall repeatedly to save lives. He is a British Royal Marine, and he did this work with a handgun. Two lessons: A gun in competent, ethical hands is a good thing and apparently the terrorists are all that well-trained. Perhaps if we got aggressive, we could do something about this.
While the government announced Sunday that ‘most’ hostages had been released, a security expert with contacts inside the mall said at least 10 were still being held by a band of attackers, described as ‘a multinational collection from all over the world.’
Somalia’s rebel group Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, posted an audio message on a pro-militant website late Monday that they were still in control of the building.
‘Despite botched attempts by the Jews and Christians to recapture the mall today, the mujahideen are still in control of the Westgate,’ al-Shabab spokesman Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage said in the message.
‘The upper hand still remains theirs,’ he sai
Another lesson: The Kenyan government is either delusional or not telling the truth.
Here’s the real question: What difference, at this point, does it make?