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Dusit D2 Attack Hero Reveals Face

Hero of the Dusit D2 attack in Nairobi, British Special Air Service member Christian Craighead over the past weekend, exposed his true identity for the first time.

More than two and a half years since the attack on Dusit D2 hotel along RIverside, Nairobi occurred, the identity of one of the ordeal’s most famous heroes that saved many lives was kept a secret.

However, through his Instagram account, British Special Air Service member Christian Craighead over the past weekend exposed his true identity for the first time.

The soldier, who is a fit man with an attractive face, noted that he was revealing his identity earlier than he had initially planned.

He explained that he resorted to the move after a photo of him at the Dusit D2 attack with his identity revealed had gone viral, and was shooting up to popularity faster than he had feared.

British SAS soldier Chris Craighead (right) holding a rescue operation at Dusit D2 in January 2019. /INSTAGRAM

“I’m doing this earlier than I planned, but the actions of others have forced my hand into prematurely revealing my face. This photo and others like it are becoming increasingly available, so I thought I should be the one to share the first with you.

“Thank you to all those close to me who support, guide, assist, and keep me balanced during this time in my life,” explained Craighead.

Craighead often masked his face or blurred himself in the photos he uploaded on his social media accounts. On Instagram, he has a following of over 154,000 people.

He played a vital role in containing the Dusit D2 attack which occurred on January 15 and 16, 2019, and left 21 people dead. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a snippet from his upcoming book titled One Man In, Craighead, however, sparked heated debate amongst Kenyans after claiming that he fought the terrorists all on his own.

“For the next twenty-two hours, Chris relied on his nearly three decades of elite military training to win a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a unit of ethnic Somali terrorists who had already detonated one suicide bomb and were intent on killing as many other people as possible.

“At first on his own, and later as the leader of a small, rag-tag group of soldiers and civilians, Chris moved through the complex where hundreds of innocent hotel staff, guests, and office workers were still trapped. After clearing buildings and shepherding people to safety, he located the terrorists. A battle of guns, grenades, and tactics ensued. Chris and his men made it out. The terrorists did not,” read the summary in part.

Kenyans went for the head of the author and publisher on social media, exposing a barrage of errors in referencing and the omission of the prominence of Kenyan security forces in foiling the attack as well as one Inayat Kassam; the licensed gun-holder who rescued the people marooned in the attack, and the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack occurring not far from the 14 Riverside area.

Craighead’s book further misinterpreted the attackers as a ‘unit of ethnic Somali terrorists’ and mistook Westgate shopping mall as a ‘neighborhood in Nairobi.

Many blasted the book for its silver knight worshipping and ignoring the vital roles of Kenyans who spearheaded the operation. Off-duty police officers, private security teams, as well as unarmed individuals were the first responders at the scene of the attack.

An excerpt of Christian Craighead’s book titled One Man In which was released on July 20, 2021, by renowned publisher Simon and Schuster. /FILE

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