A sniper in Iraq has broken the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot of all time.
A Canadian member of elite Special Forces unit, Joint Task Force 2, took down an ISIS insurgent from 2.1 miles away. That’s 3,450 metres to be exact.
It topped the previous record held by Britain’s Craig Harrison by around 1,000 metres.
The bullet, shot from an elevated position, took under ten seconds to hit the insurgent and was verified by a video camera.
A military source told the Globe and Mail:
The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [ISIS] attack on Iraqi security forces.
Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far away, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.
A separate military source said the distance was not an estimate, saying:
Hard data on this. It isn’t an opinion. It isn’t an approximation. There is a second location with eyes on with all the right equipment to capture exactly what the shot was
According to reports, the strength of the wind and the curvature of the Earth were factors the sniper had to take into account before firing the supposedly impossible shot.