Profiles In Efficiency

Telegraph – A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Telegraph has learnt.

The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 930 yards (850 metres) away, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.

The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year.

Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby.
The same sniper, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards (1,340m).

Several hundred British and Afghan soldiers were carrying out an operation in December when they were engaged in a gun battle with 15 to 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.


  1. I would have been more impressed if the sniper had declared beforehand that he was going to hit the bomb’s detonator. It was merely a lucky shot.
    At first I thought he had waited for the Taliban to form a perfect line and then shot them all with a single bullet. That would make a great YouTube video.

  2. Good shot Brit. What did that bullet cost, $1? A J-DAM or Hellfire is somewhere around 5 -10 thousand dollars. Actually I don’t care what they kill Taliban with. Just kill them.

  3. Some of the TOWs provided to rebels since March are equipped with a complex, fingerprint-keyed security device that controls who can fire it, said Mustafa Alani, a senior security analyst at the Geneva-based Gulf Research Center who is regularly briefed by Saudi officials on security matters.

    It doesn’t say whether or not the finger has to be attached to the intended user’s body.

  4. I’d say not. It would be way cooler to have a finger on a stick.
    I imagine those guys could hot wire them somehow. They seem strangely smart with things like that.

    Also “Some of the TOWs” …well at least some of them, not all of them. That is reassuring.

  5. Apples Iphone fingerprint security has been hacked by using a wooden finger. some hackers might develop software to create a copy of the thumb or finger using the print and a 3d printer. Syrian free army is very active in hacking these days. they could also bypass or disable the feature. A raspberry pi or arduino would come in handy there. a german lab cracked the divx code with one of these $50 computers

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