Meet Inayat Kassam, the man who saved lives during the Westgate attack in 2013 and on Tuesday stepped up again to be among the first responders.
Kenyans across the country have been paying glowing tribute to Mr Kassam, calling him a hero for his selfless sacrifice to rescue victims trapped in Dusit D2 Hotel.
On 21st September 2013, after four masked gunmen attacked Westgate shopping mall and killed at least 67 people, he was among the first people who rushed to the scene of attack
Mr Kassam is not a police officer. He is a licensed firearm holder and a security instructor who trains people on how to use weapons at a shooting range.
They include H. E. A. T. (Hostile Environment Awareness Training), Carjacking – Mitigation and survival, Response To Active Shooter Scenario and Unarmed Personal Preservation (Advanced, offered on EDA Krav Maga platform) among others.
He is an experienced combatives and shooting instructor, in addition to being an EDA Krav Maga Instructor.
Mr Kassam is the Managing Director of Scorpio Africa Ltd based in Nairobi.
His team provides security management and training in the form of security personnel, unarmed/armed training and certified firearm training (based upon the ITA South African curriculum).
He is certified as an Advanced Tactical Shooting Instructor with ITA, and has also trained with various entities such as SKOPOS, ACT, and AMOK over the course of the last 9 years.
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.