With the price of ammunition skyrocketing, it has become necessary for marksmen to conserve bullets. Apparently, this idea has also infiltrated the British military.
One 20-year-old soldier stationed in Afghanistan defined such conservation when he successfully rid the world of six Taliban insurgents with just one bullet. From nearly 1,000 yards away, the unidentified lance corporal fired the fateful shot, hitting a suicide bomber’s device and causing an explosion that killed him and five others in the vicinity.
The effective sniper also reportedly killed a Taliban terrorist with the very first shot on his initial tour – from a distance of nearly 1,500 yards.
According to commanding officer Lt. Col. Richard Slack, the sniper’s recent success on the battlefield neutralized a significant threat. The bomb detonated by his shot was just one of two at the location, he explained, noting a 44 pound vest filled with explosives was found in the vicinity.
Though this attack happened late last year, news of the incident is just being released as the U.K. continues to withdraw troops from the region. Slack offered some intriguing details surrounding the case of the exploding jihadists.
“The guy was wearing a vest,” he recalled. “He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch. He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.”
At that point, the soldier, holding the British Army’s most powerful sniper rifle, took position and fired the perfect shot.
“The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded,” Slack explained.
The six killed were part of a larger Taliban insurgency in southern Afghanistan.
The small band of insurgents attempted to take on hundreds of British and Afghan soldiers in a gunfight. Given the expertise of this unnamed lance corporal, however, it seems he could have taken them on all by himself.
Bravery and precision are two qualities necessary to win any battle. As Afghanistan begins to take over more of its own military bases and operations, the lessons they learned from Western forces who came to their aid will be vital to ensuring future victories.
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