A BRITISH sniper killed five Taliban insurgents and a would-be suicide bomber in Afghanistan with one bullet, the Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.
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. The incident in December in Kakaran, southern Afghanistan, was disclosed as Britain prepares to leave from the country by the end of the year.
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Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said 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."