Heroes who put their lives at risk to save victims of Riverside attack
The attack at 14 Riverside in Nairobi entered Day Two on Wednesday even as Kenyans took to social media to offer words of encouragement to fellow citizens and commend the swift response of security agencies.
People from around the world also sent messages of peace and urged everyone to rally behind Kenyans as they fight the attackers.
Shocking images of armed security forces giving cover to those they found at 14 Riverside Drive emerged on Tuesday as the Kenya Police, Kenya Army, Recce Squad and other agencies worked together through the night.
A private citizen identified as Inayat Kassam, who is a licensed gun holder as well as an experienced combatives and shooting instructor, is one of those who was spotted helping victims from the scene of the attack.
A definition of a true Neighbour. He saved lives during the Westgate attack & today he risked his life for others.
May the selfless act of Kenyans like Inayat Kassam, inspire us all to go beyond our call of duty to serve God and country. pic.twitter.com/3hC4Yfhy3A
— Laban-Cliff Onserio (@LabanCliff) January 15, 2019
Some also pleaded for donations of food and drinks for officers still at the scene.
Can we help organise food and drink for the security forces and LFH guys still at 14 Riverside? Chai, mandazis, coffee, donuts, porridge etc? Its been a long night for them while we slept and they are still on the ground.
— Jackie (@Jackie_Arkle) January 16, 2019
One hour later, this picture emerged of Kenyans serving food and drinks to security agencies.
— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) January 16, 2019
This is what Kenyans had to say about their security forces and humanitarian agencies some of whom are still holed up at 14 Riverside in a bid to flush out the attackers.
Celebrating Unsung Heroes in Healthcare.
Meet Dr. Ikol a consultant surgeon at the @KNH_hospital.
He decided to risk it all and be part of the emergency evacuation team at the 14th Riverside Drive incidence yesterday.
Dr.Ikol we celebrate you. #ItCouldBeYou. pic.twitter.com/qJjElT5hIh
— Thuranira Kaugiria (@drthuranira) January 16, 2019
A picture paints a thousand words. Local actors are everyday heroes. @KenyaRedCross @Abbas_Gullet #KenyaAttack. We @Federation are in solidarity & send positive thoughts to of all of you in Nairobi pic.twitter.com/E33aQtbWli
— Dr Jemilah Mahmood (@JemilahMahmood) January 15, 2019
My friend just got Out!!
Thank God!!…Waah..Special thanks on officer Musa Yego from the Flying Squad…Called me immediately they were rescued..Kenya needs more men like him. Humble and God fearing..God bless you sir 🙏🙏
— Xtian Dela™ (@xtiandela) January 16, 2019
A Twitter user identified as Ferenc G. Konzorus from Hungary said: “We in the West care when terrorists attack New York, London, and Paris. We should care when terrorists attack Nairobi too.”
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