An expert British SAS sniper killed three ISIS bombers by shooting through a 10-inch thick wall from almost a mile away.
The sniper, who is considered to be the best in the British Special Forces, fired 30 armor piercing rounds from his Barrett Light .50 caliber rifle into a command post in the city of Ramadi in Iraq last week.
According to the Daily Mail, the mission saved the lives of about 20 people.
The sniper, who holds the rank of staff sergeant, was part of an elite team of military advisors embedded in the Iraqi army.
After learning that there were bombers in the building, some military options, which included air strikes and a rocket launch were considered.
Due to the number of civilians being used as human shields, both options were considered to be too dangerous.
A source speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “The SAS always like to think out of the box.”
“They looked at a rocket attack, but there was the possibility that the blast might cause the building to collapse, and intelligence suggested there were civilians being held in the lower storey and in buildings close by,” the source said.
“A staff sergeant in charge of one of the SAS teams working with the Iraqis came up with the idea of shooting through the wall. It was a case of ‘there’s nothing to lose.”
The sniper set up in a building close to a mile away from the bombers and fired into the command post, completely destroying one of its walls.
When Iraqi forces and the SAS stormed the building later that day, they found the bodies of the ISIS bombers.
“The armor-piercing rounds had a devastating effect. The bodies of the Islamic State fighters had been absolutely pulverized,” a source said.
“One had been decapitated, and another had been cut in half. It was a real scene of carnage – but the tactic proved incredibly effective.”
“The lives of around 20 civilians had been saved. The suicide attacks had been stopped and, without any command and control, the Isis fighters had retreated into another part of the city. It was a classic SAS operation.”
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