Sniper's bullet kills six Taliban

Herald Series: A 20-year-old British marksman killed six Taliban insurgents including a would-be suicide bomber A 20-year-old British marksman killed six Taliban insurgents including a would-be suicide bomber

A British sniper killed five Taliban insurgents and a would-be suicide bomber in Afghanistan with one bullet, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The 20-year-old marksman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit the trigger switch of the device from 930 yards away, causing the bomb to explode.

The blast killed the would-be bomber and five men around him, an MOD spokesman said.

The incident in December in Kakaran, southern Afghanistan, has been disclosed as Britain prepares to leave from the country by the end of the year.

Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, told The Daily Telegraph the unnamed shooter also prevented another major attack as a second suicide vest packed with explosives was found nearby.

"The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch," he said.

"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."

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5:32pm Tue 1 Apr 14

welshmen says...

At least put the correct weapon on this News report, the M16 i doubt would have the accuracy, the Barrett M82 50cal sniper rifle or similar would, cracking shot though, well done Lance Corporal....
At least put the correct weapon on this News report, the M16 i doubt would have the accuracy, the Barrett M82 50cal sniper rifle or similar would, cracking shot though, well done Lance Corporal.... welshmen
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5:35pm Tue 1 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

I guess that is why the government is reducing the armed forces, who needs a large army when a well trained sniper can take the enemy down six at a time.

Tailor of Gloucester springs to mind.
I guess that is why the government is reducing the armed forces, who needs a large army when a well trained sniper can take the enemy down six at a time. Tailor of Gloucester springs to mind. varteg1
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