Harry got ‘ex­tra’ se­cu­rity dur­ing Tal­iban at­tack

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PRINCE Harry was moved un­der guard to a se­cure lo­ca­tion dur­ing a Tal­iban at­tack on Camp Bas­tion, the base where he is de­ployed in Afghanistan, de­fence sec­re­tary Philip Ham­mond has con­firmed.

Two US Marines were killed and huge dam­age caused when at­tack­ers armed with guns, rock­ets and sui­cide vests stormed the NATO base in Hel­mand prov­ince last Fri­day.

“Ad­di­tional se­cu­rity” is in place to pro­tect Bri­tain’s third in line to the throne on his sec­ond tour of duty in the coun­try, Mr Ham­mond told BBC’s

when he was ques­tioned about the as­sault.

He added: “Clearly there are fall-back plans – I can’t go into the de­tail of them – but once we knew on Fri­day night that the perime­ter at Bas­tion had been breached he would have been moved to a se­cure po­si­tion un­der ef­fec­tive guard.”

Harry was about a mile-and-a-half away with other Apache crew mem­bers when the heav­ily de­fended NATO base was at­tacked,.

But he was not dan­ger, ac­cord­ing Ham­mond.

He added that while the 28-year-old royal is “no more or less ex­posed than any other Apache pi­lot” in com­bat, he re­mains un­der close pro­tec­tion.

“He is serv­ing there as an or­di­nary of­fi­cer but clearly there are ad­di­tional se­cu­rity plans in place that recog­nise he could be a tar­get him­self – specif­i­cally as a re­sult of who he is,” Ham­mond added.

Al­though the Tal­iban have vowed to kill Prince Harry, a spokes­men said the as­sault “had noth­ing to do with the Prince”.

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