SAS HERO SURVIVES BEING SHOT 3 TIMES
‘Miracle’ escape for soldier ambushed by Taliban
AN SAS sergeant has survived being shot three times by the Taliban during ferocious battle Afghanistan. a in
One bullet struck the soldier’s helmet, while two more hit the chest plate of his body armour after his convoy was ambushed.
The 29-year-old was left dazed after an AK-47 round hit his helmet just above his temple.
He got to his feet and returned fire – and was almost immediately struck in the chest.
The SAS man moved position and gave covering fire to a medic who was treating an injured Afghan soldier. He was then hit for the third time and floored again.
Amazingly, he survived the triple trauma and suffered just bruises to his chest and head.
Sources said it was “unheard of” for someone to be hit three times and survive – and hailed it as “a miracle”.
The drama happened in July as an SAS team was taking part in a reconnaissance operation in a Talibancontrolled region. The joint SAS and Afghan Army commando unit had spent several days monitoring an area thought to be home to an enemy commander.
Their four-vehicle convoy was moving through an area close to the Tora Bora cave complex – where Osama bin Laden once took refuge – in Nangahar province when the attack took place.
It began when a rocketpropelled grenade hit an Afghan Army jeep, killing the driver and injuring three other commandos.
The Afghan and British soldiers jumped out of their vehicles and ran for cover as up to 30 Taliban gunmen raked the area with automatic fire.
SAS troopers returned fire with automatic weapons, grenade launchers and sniper rifles, but the unit soon became pinned down.
One source said: “The soldier who was hit was moving to a better firing position when a bullet struck him in his US-made helmet.
“Everyone thought he was either dead or seriously injured but then he got up, swore very loudly and began returning fire.”
They added: “It is unheard of for a soldier to be shot three times in a single contact.
“There are plenty of soldiers who have been saved by their body armour and helmet, but to be hit three times in the same battle is nothing short of a miracle.”
“It just goes to show that the equipment really does work.
“The helmet was a write-off and the ceramic chest plate in the body armour will have to be changed, especially after it was hit twice.
“But it’s going to be mounted and get pride of place inside the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess at the SAS HQ in Hereford.”
The British and Afghan troops eventually managed to escape when two US helicopter gunships came to their rescue and opened fire on the Taliban.
The Ministry of Defence said it does not comment on special forces operations.