- A SAS marksman kills 3 jihadist from 1-kilometer away
- The ISIS fighters are housed inside a building with a 10-inch brick wall
- The jihadists are believed to be planning a suicide operation before they were killed
Three Islamic State fighters were “pulverized” when a British Special Air Service (SAS) marksman shot them through a 10-inch thick brick wall around 1 kilometer away using a powerful rifle, this was according to a report by The Daily Star on Sunday, January 3, 2016.
Citing an unnamed source from the British defense ministry, the report said the sniper, who is a staff sergeant in SAS and one of the best marksmen in the elite force, is part of a small team currently deployed in Iraq to act as advisers.
The source told The Daily Star that the mission was to take down suicide jihadists housed inside a two-story building, but an airstrike has been ruled out for fear of killing civilians inside who are being used as human shields.
“The command post was well fortified,” the source was quoted as saying. “They considered an air strike but that would cause too much collateral damage.”
The team then decided to shoot the terrorist through the wall about 1,000 meters away from the building where the troops are operating.
“It was a case of ‘there’s nothing to lose’. If it worked, the suicide attacks would be stopped – if it failed nothing would be lost,” the source said.
Supported by three colleagues and six magazines of armor-piercing bullets, the SAS sniper reportedly fired 30 rounds into the ISIS militants’ hideout using a semiautomatic Barrett Light .50 caliber rifle.
“The armor-piercing rounds had a devastating effect,” the source narrated. “The bodies of the Islamic State fighters had been absolutely pulverized.” (Click here to read more)