Strategy Used by Commandos to Eliminate Riverside Terrorists

During the wee hours of Wednesday morning, 14 commandos killed four attackers who had unleashed terror at Dusit D2 Hotel.

The elite force used remote-controlled robots for surveillance and to map out the floors where the attackers were suspected to be holed up.

The Recce Squad which eliminated the attackers comprised of two commando units with seven members each.

After locating the terrorists on the seventh floor, one team held their positions on the fifth floor and locked the exit leading to the sixth floor.

The commandos also switched off power supply to the entire building to disable the lifts.

The other team used ropes to scale the sides of the building and access the seventh floor through a window.

Their entry forced the terrorists to try retreating to the sixth floor, but they realised the door leading to the staircase had been locked.

According to The Standard, some of the terrorists were still communicating with people in Kiambu and Somalia.

Their commander even sent images of victims of the attack to unidentified persons in Somalia.

An idea to jam communication at the complex was floated, but it was rejected.

“We felt that by blocking communication we would cause panic among those trapped therein and who were in touch with their loved ones. This idea was defeated and the jammer removed from the scene,” an official mentioned.

At about 4am, a decision was made to storm the room where the four terrorists were and in a matter of seconds, the attackers had been killed

However, the gunmen had tossed grenades at the officers, which bounced off the shields and back to them.

When the grenades exploded, they injured two commandos in the legs.

The injured officers were rushed to hospital and are in a stable condition.

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