An SAS sniper saved hundreds of lives after he made an incredibly long distance shot which killed two so called Islamic State militants with the same bullet.
The marksman took the shot last month, obliterating the terrorist fighters from over 1,000m away.
According to the Daily Star, the bullet passed through the first man’s skull – killing him instantly – before striking the other passenger in the neck.
It is thought that they were killed while driving towards their target in Libya where they would set off a car bomb.
If the SAS failed to make the fatal shot, which could only have been pulled off in a 20-second radius, it could have meant the deaths of well over a hundred Libyan citizens.
But they did it – leading SAS insiders to argue that the shot is one of the best ever in the elite force’s history.
Speaking last night, one SAS source said:
It was an amazing shot. It wasn’t so much about distance but the fact that it was a moving target.
If the sniper had missed a lot of people would have lost their lives.
He was with the team advising the Libyans who were meant to be doing the ambush. He had little time to act.
A Libyan special agent, who was helping the British to train local militias, tipped off the SAS troops that a white 1990s Mercedes with a massive homemade bomb in the boot would be heading east on the coast road at a specific time.
It is thought that they were heading to Tripoli, Libya’s capital, where they would leave the car parked by an incredibly busy market before detonating it.
Fortunately, that never happened.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.