Talk about hitting the jackpot! In a confirmed operation, an unnamed sniper takes out six enemy combatants with a single shot. That’s more than just a bad hair day for the enemy.
While in his sniper’s nest, the soldier spotted a group of armed men moving in the tree line. After getting confirmation of those being enemy combatants, the sniper takes his shot. You won’t believe what happened next.
The British sniper killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded and killed the rest, The Telegraph reported.
The 20-year-old marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from a distance of 850 meters, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.
Now that round could have possibly gone through all 6 of them if they were all lined up in a line but that would be a rarity.
The incident took place in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan. According to Lt. Col Richard Slack, one of the insurgents was wearing a vest, and it was noticed by the sharpshooter, who prevented a major attack by the Taliban. Later, a second bag of explosives was found nearby. He shows the vest and it detonated.
The soldier was believed to be using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon. The sniper had earlier killed a Taliban machine gunner on his first shot on duty.
A lance corporal or sergeant is a position in the British Army that was previously seen in the US Army too. This post is only found in the Foot Guards and Honorable Artillery Company in the British Army. The Coldstream Guards is a part of the British Army’s Foot Guards regiments. It is known to be the oldest regiment in the Army that is still in service today, with its origin in Coldstream, Scotland in 1650.
The sniper’s most important role on the battlefield is to go ahead of the main force and carry out scouting and intelligence gathering, all the while being undetected. Snipers use their marksmanship skills in various ways, even sometimes to remove key enemy personnel. These include weapon systems operators like commanders and signalers.
During an attack or an offensive operation, snipers help the battalion by keeping watch. Snipers are also required sometimes to carry out counter-sniper operations, to prevent an attack on the battalion by keeping the counterparts engaged in sniper warfare.