The deadly Alshabaab terrorists struck Kenya last evening. And one person was back to save lives.
A hero who saved scores during the 2013 Westgate attack has swang into action and rescued more Kenyans during the horrific Dusit D2 attack at 14 Riverside Drive, Nairobi.
Kassm was, on Tuesday afternoon, spotted rescuing traumatised survivors from the attack whose explosion spilt into the wee hours of wednesday morning.
Gun in hand and no bullet-proof jacket, Inayat Kassam braved gunshots and blasts at 14 Riverside Drive that was attacked on Tuesday.
Like already stated this was not his first time facing terrorists head on.
Kassam participated in evacuating hostages at Westage Mall when it was attacked in 2013.
Speaking to Citizen TV last year during the fifth memorial of Westage attack, Kassam said his instincts drive him to respond to difficult situations.
Asked whether he ever thinks about his life and safety as he gets to the risky scenes, an emotional Kassam said “yes I do, but the drive to rescue more lives is more”.
On Tuesday, Kassam was among the first responders at Riverside helping save hundreds of victims.
He is licensed gunholder, a firearms instructor, training people on how to handle rifles, especially for close-range shooting.
Kassam runs self-defence classes for individuals, security firms and corporate entities.
He is the only licensed rifle handling trainer in Africa outside South Africa.
As sounds of heavy blasts and gun firesat the Dusit hotel complex surged yesterday, Kassam could be seen charging into the building and coming out holding people rescued on one hand rushing them to safety and the other hand clenching a gun.
His shirt had some blood stains, from among the casualties he had been holding to rescue.
And rightly social media users have been quick to identify his heroic gestures especially that he had also taken part in the horrendous Westgate attack that claimed the lives of more than 60 people.
Taking to social media, most people thanked the experienced combative and shooting instructor praising his prowess.
“I CELEBRATE you my good friend Inayat Kassam!!.. A True HERO!!.. Kenya is PROUD of You!!!” posted Koinange Jeff.
“Who agrees with me that this mzee is a treasure for our nation? May God keep him and protect him,” posted another user.
“God bless you for the great job Mr Inayat Kassam,” posted another user.
“INAYAT KASSAM, such motivation and courage is all I need thank you, Sir …He also played a vital role in the west gate rescuing operations, again and again, thank you, sir,” posted yet another.
Others were even asking for him to be given a state commendation.
“By the end of this day his name better be Inayat Kassam, MBS, HSC, EGS, OGW,” posted Hesbon Ochieng.
Inayat Kassam is an experienced combatives and shooting instructor, in addition to being an EDA Krav Maga Instructor.
He is the Managing Director of Scorpio Africa Ltd in Nairobi which provides security management and training in the form of security personnel, unarmed/armed training and certified firearm training.