Wednesday 26 November 2014

British army sniper kills six Taliban fighters with single bullet

Published 01/04/2014 | 08:15

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier looks out from a rocky overlook as soldiers with the US Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division patrol below near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan. The primary mission of soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at FOB Shank is to advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces in the region. They patrol outside the FOB to deter enemy rocket attacks on the FOB. Security is at a heightened state throughout Afghanistan as the nation prepares for the April 5th presidential election.  Photo: Getty Images
The same sniper also shot a Taliban machine gunner at a range of 1,340 metres.

A 20-year-old Army sniper killed six Taliban fighters with a single bullet when the shot hit the trigger switch of a suicide bomb vest, according to a report.

Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, described what happened as British and Afghan troops engaged about 15 to 20 Taliban fighters.

“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.

“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded.

“There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, 'I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”

A second suicide vest with 20kg of explosives was found nearby.

The same sniper also shot a Taliban machine gunner at a range of 1,340 metres.

Independent News Service

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