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British sniper kills 6 with one bullet

Update : 02 Apr 2014, 03:52 AM

A British sniper said to have killed six insurgents with a single bullet in Afghanistan, The Telegraph has reported.

The 20-year-old marksman shot a suicide bomber from 930 yards away, killing the bomber and five others around him were caught in the blast.

Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban.

The incident in Kakaran of southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed.

The same sniper, a lance corporal in Coldstream Guards, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards.

Several hundred British and Afghan soldiers were in an operation in December when they were engaged in a gunbattle with upto 20 insurgents.

“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack.

“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.”

It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.

The armed forces are gradually decreasing their presence in Helmand province, handing over security of the country to the Afghan armed forces.

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