A British Special Air Service sniper is being hailed a hero after potentially saving hundreds of innocent lives after killing three jihadis and two Islamic State guards with just three bullets.
An unnamed military veteran from the United Kingdom was about 2,600 feet away from an Islamic State bomb factory near the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul, Iraq, when three men were seen leaving the factory in heavy coats, despite the hot weather.
The U.K.’s Express reported that the men were wearing the coats to hide suicide vests they were wearing underneath. According to the newspaper, the men were on their way to a nearby town where they planned to attack civilians.
But before they could get far, the sniper — who joined the SAS a decade ago — opened fire on one of the coated men, detonating his vest. The explosion killed him along with two ISIS guards who were sitting in a nearby car. The other two terrorists tried to run back into the building but the British sniper fatally shot one of them in the head and killed the other by detonating the other’s explosive vest with a bullet.
The Special Air Service unit was sent in to investigate the area about three weeks ago after getting information that a bomb factory had been set up in a nearby village.
An Army source said, “There were too many civilian homes nearby and children were often around so an airstrike was out of the question.” “Instead, the SAS commander in Iraq decided to use a sniper team and the operation was a complete success,” the source added.