Kenyan Army Elite Carrying FN SCAR-H

As I write this the elite Kenya Army troops are assaulting the Westfield shopping mall in Nairobi. According to the Kenyan government on Twitter (@InteriorKE) most of the hostages have been rescued and most of the mall is under government control.


Many TFB readers noticed that the Kenyan Army, probably a special forces unit, are carrying FN SCAR-H 7.62x51mm rifles with EOTech sights, with some others carrying AR-15 style rifles chambered in 5.56mm. The regular army service rifles are 7.62x39mm Type 56 AKs and 7.62x51mm H&K G3 rifles. The elite capital police force units are using AR-15 / M4 rifles. The regular police have been seen using Type-56 and Type 56-2 AKs and miscellaneous pistols.

Kenyan Troops With H&K G3 rifles.

Kenyan Troops With H&K G3 rifles.

Police officer.

Police officer with Type 56-2 rifle.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this cowardly terrorist attack. I hope it will be resolved today without the loss of any more hostages.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Mark Winsky

    Can we trade Kenyan presidents?

    • Jilu Khan Spandiary


      • You might want to post that the LOL was for the original post Mark made. Right now it sounds like it’s made towards Steve’s comment.

        • Jilu Khan Spandiary

          I didn’t LOL the deaths WTF, I lol’ed Mark.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      The Kenyan President’s nephew and his nephew’s fiancée were killed in the attack. For him it is personal.

    • Erickoh Rickhs

      Who can sell us Better rifles? Am A Kenyan

  • Clint Notestine

    7.62x39mm H&K G3 rifles…??? Do you mean 7.62x51mm?
    I saw a pic earlier of a Kenyan cop with an underfolding stock AK and was thinking to myself damn thats a lot of drop on that stock.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      yes I do.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    My thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident , and with their families and friends. The real impact of this kind of action has far-reaching consequences that extend well beyond the victims, potential victims and their immediate families.

    For those of you who are interested, there is an informative forum called that you can visit. There is a section or thread of this web site that is devoted to tracking the many so-called “small” or bush wars ( no war is ever of less than enormous significance to those caught in it, regardless of scale ) in East Africa. Of additional interest is the tracking and discussion of the firearms and ammunition supply lines to the factions and countries involved. Some of the commentators appear to be from a knowledgeable international audience that may have had direct experience of the East African conflicts.

  • AU
    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Excellent link — thanks, AU!

  • Zombieshops

    Browning Hi Powers for the win – nice to see this.

    • Anonymoose

      And CZ75Bs too. :3c

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    The topmost photograph appears to show a distinct mixture of troops from different units. I’m a little surprised that the ones who are supposed to be Kenyan Special Forces soldiers ( the ones with the SCAR-H rifles ) haven’t had their images blanked out to preserve and protect their identities. Did the censor slip up, or is there something else involved we don’t ( yet ) know about?

    • Gunluvr

      Probably because they only operate inside of their country and maybe Somalia. I doubt if OPSEC is a major concern to them.

    • Stuart Smith

      No they all look the same.

  • Gunluvr

    Well I hope they’re doing their best to control this bad situation but with so many already dead I’m not optimistic.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    May god be with them… Rest in peace for innocent and rest in pieces for terrorist scum. I’ll never ever acknowledged those scum as a muslim even they claimed carried their “jihad” in the name of Allah s.w.t. . Yeah, F**k ’em.

  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    I see most of the Kenyan soldiers using British DPM camouflage and British Mk. 6 combat helmet.
    And H&K G3 Huh? I thought there’d be using SLR rifle since Kenya military has a strong ties with Britain

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      The G3 is very common in Africa.

      • Giolli Joker

        And in the ’90s H&K was under British ownership…

        • Madeleine Goddard

          Yes, G3s were actually license manufactured in the UK.

    • Anton Gray Basson

      Many African Nations bought G3 rifles becuase they were cheaper and lighter than the FAL pattern rifles, Kenya using both but G3 being more common.Sources range from Mozambique and Angola to Germany. Kenyan Armories are a bit of a mess with a mix of AKMs, SLR/FAL , older M16’s and CAR15s, new versions, 7.63 and 303 SMLE pattern rifles.

      • Michael

        Get rid of all this modern crap, Just bring out the 303 Enfield

        • Anton Gray Basson

          Ive used both the FAL and N04 Mk 2 Enfield extensively in the past 4 months, FAL over it any day

    • Michael

      British Special Forces have used G3s. The SCAR looks great.
      Who were the light skinned guys with pistols? American, British, or Mossad, as all are present according to the media.
      British authorities are concerned about this kind of attack in the UK, hate to think how long it would take to get enough armed units on the scene in London, or one of the other cities. I feel safer going to the Mall here in America, with a Glock in my pocket.

      • zardinuk

        I carry the infamous Glock 17 around the malls and movie theaters of America.

        • Michael

          Glock 26 here.

        • Aaron E

          Glock 23 for me.

      • Callum King-Underwood

        Absolute bottom line worst scenario is 3 hours – or the time that either an SAS or SBS team can deploy with full kit anywhere within the british isles (excluding territories such as the orkney islands or the falklands which already have armed police teams or regular army soldiers who can deploy well within 3 hours). Major population centres do have armed police on normal patrols already, most apparent in london. 3 hours is at least the bottom line. My town does not have a single firearm among its local police, we do have a riot van and thats about it, nearest town with a firearms team is only a small team and 20 minutes drive away. I know for sure I would feel safer with all cops being armed here as 20 minutes minimum (plus whatever it takes for them to assemble the team at the van before leaving) vs however long it takes for a local police car to spin around the corner is ridiculous. But we have less firearms related crime, knife crime is the bigger worry and something a firearm isn’t needed for (but would be alot safer, my local force do have tasers though).

        • Michael

          A lot can happen in 3 hours. In this area of America most police cars are equipped with AR15s. Remember it took 10 minutes to get an armed team to help with the recent murder of a soldier in central London. Wonder how long it would take in Tunbridge Wells. SAS can respond in 3 hours, but that is only after being given the word to GO.

          • But virtually nothing ever does happen. I love guns but want to keep our society free of them.

      • Israeli military advising the Kenyans. Israeli citizens own stores in the mall.

        • Michael

          Armed SAS gun getting coffee at the Mall, reported yesterday, now He is a retired royal Marine, Maybe tomorrow he will be something else.
          I personally don’t think the Kenyans did too bad. They took on the terrorists, it could have gone very bad for them. How often in the past people have given in to terrorists.
          A wake up call to everyone around the world.

      • Well I live in the UK and our malls are free of guns, and you virtually never hear of shootings. Leave them on the range.

      • singha1

        The light skinned guys are the local Police Reserve Unit.The area around the mall is ethnically Asian.

      • Guest2

        “Who were the light skinned guys with pistols?” Community reservists-Kenyans of Asian origin.

  • Ominae

    I read from news sources that the General Security Unit, which is an elite police unit in Kenya, are the ones using th SCARs.

    • Fredrik

      I think you mean “General Service Unit”, some 5000 men that are recruited from the Kenyan police force. some 2000 in the “recce group” are Israeli trained and combat hardened.

      • Ominae

        Uh yeah. That one, sorry.

        But yeah, the GSU are said to be the ones armed with SCARs.

  • CaptainSlaughterboard

    I like fact that not so many advanced nations but many less developed countries goes SCAR-H.
    Those mismatched most modernized gun and old-fashioned equipments…are cool.

  • Tom – UK

    Hey where’s my heads up for supplying the info 🙂

  • Michael

    One picture in a different news report showed a MAKO Pistol carbine conversion.

  • Juice

    “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this cowardly terrorist
    attack. I hope it will be resolved today without the loss of any more

    Very nice way to end this article Steve, very thoughtful.

  • Y-man

    In almost all pictures, IMPRESSIVE trigger discipline! And it is impressive the number going in there with pistols.

    About the G3/ FAL SLR mix: my country has/ had the same too. Army had a mix, and then handed off the FNs to the Air Force, and the G3s to the Navy. Army later mainly got original AK 47s (7.62×39). For MANY years, the best the police could get were Beretta M12s, and MANY Lee Enfield Mk IVs.

    In many years of military (Army) rule, the other forces were suppressed in armament (quantity and quality), training, and capability: so no one could stand up to the Army.

    Basically right now: some Tavors have come in (Army/ Navy/ Air Force special forces), several FN P90s (For the Secret Service and Guard teams) and Type 56 -2 for Navy Air Force and Police. Army mainstay is still AK 47. (with “pig-sticker” bayonets)

    All these are different from the squad and platoon/ company operated weapons of course.

    • Y-Man our news outlets also told us today that Israeli military personel are on the ground advising the Kenyans. Israeli citizens own a couple of stores in the mall.

  • Lance

    Most of the regular Kenyan army uses the G-3 some AR style weapons maybe. All the Chinese Aks are from Kenyan Police and Security companies there. AKs for a poor nations Cops and Security Officers is very very cheap.

  • RobGR
  • This link will take you to 105 photos you can flip through. Some photos are graphic!

    More weapon photos

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Excellent follow-up, Phil, and many thanks to the fellows at SOFREP.

  • Mall Layout from

  • Another unusual configuration for this situation

  • Jeff Smith

    It looks like they are also using Yugo AKs

    (The picture is from Bloomberg news)

  • snmp

    Pepole with FN SCAR -H are member of Kenyan armed police force (SWAT)

  • Jilu Khan Spandiary

    RIP to all those who lost their lives in this terrorist attack.

  • Erickoh Rickhs

    Can someone sell us better rifles for our Armed forces? Kenyan