In an operation near Mosul, Iraq, an unnamed sharp-shooter likely saved countless lives from more than 800 meters away. A British veteran SAS sniper used only three bullets to kill five ISIS members (three of which were armed with suicide vests). According to The Express, the sniper made a split-second decision as he monitored an ISIS bomb factory. He noticed three men suspiciously hovering while wearing coats in sweltering weather. The men began to move in the direction of a village, so the sniper fired at will.
Two of the bullets struck two jihadi in the chest, which set off their suicide bombs and also took out two ISIS guards. The third bullet landed in the skull of a third jihadi. With these three strikes, the sniper may have rescued an entire village full of families. An army source describes the intricate mission, which led to success:
“This was a classic SAS mission. The unit had been operating in the area for several weeks, mainly working as spotters for air strikes and gathering intelligence. About three weeks ago the intelligence guys got information that a bomb factory had been set up in a nearby village. The unit was sent in to see if they could identify the house and the bombers.”
The sniper in question has belonged to the SAS for more than a decade. The army source stresses how the area contained so many civilian residences that airstrikes were impossible, so this operation was indispensable. In a recent mission, a different British sniper rescued a Shiite man and his young son as they were about to be beheaded by ISIS.