A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after picking off a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
The paper reports that the 20-year-old marksman hit his target from 930 yards, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him when the device went off.
The incident, in Kakaran near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, happened in December but has only now been disclosed, the paper noted.
Lt. Col. Richard Slack, commander of cavalry regiment 9/12 Royal Lancers, told the Telegraph that the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban; a second suicide vest packed with 44 pounds of 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,” Slack is reported as saying. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.
“They were [exchanging fire] 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.”