A British sniper killed 6 Taliban fighters with a single bullet: Ace marksman hit suicide bomber’s explosive vest from half a mile
- Record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman
- Was on one of the last missions by British troops in Afghanistan
- Sniper, who cannot be named, was intercepting a suicide bomber
- Commanders feared insurgent wanted to blow himself up at a UK base
With a Taliban fighter looming in his sights half a mile away, the British sniper knew a clean shot would take down his enemy. What he could not have known was that the single bullet he fired would account for five more insurgents. But, incredibly, his rifle round triggered the explosive vest worn by his target, killing all those around him.
Lt Col Richard Slack (centre), Commander of the 9/12th Royal Lancers, and Col John Mead (right) take a last look at the frontline of the Helmand river outside Sterga 2 Observation Postadvertisement - story continues below
The record-breaking shot was fired by a Coldstream Guards marksman on one of the last missions to be carried out by British troops in Afghanistan. UK forces are preparing to leave their last front line base in Helmand as part of their withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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