A British sniper with an eagle eye and a steady hand is racking up praise around the world for sharpshooting that killed five terrorists using only three bullets.
And it was a moment that would have made Chris Kyle proud.
According to the U.K. Express, the sniper with the Special Air Service (the British equivalent of Navy SEALs) was on duty near Mosul, Iraq, in early December when he spotted three men leaving a known bomb-making factory.
The sharpshooter noticed that three of the men were wearing heavy coats despite the heat of the day, and concluded, correctly that they were wearing explosive suicide vests.
They were on their way to carry out a terror attack at a nearby town, in which they planned to detonate their suicide vests amongst hundreds of civilians – causing mass deaths.
Before the committed killers made it far from the bomb factory, the British sniper struck, hitting one of the men wearing the coat and setting off his suicide vest.
The would-be suicide bomber was killed, along with two men seated in a car– thought to be guards for the suicide bombers, the Express reported.
The sniper took the second vest-wearing Islamist with a single shot to the head, according to the Express. The third suicide bomber also had his vest detonated compliments of Her Majesty’s Government “with a final well-aimed shot from the colour sergeant,” the Express reported.
A British army source told the newspaper that blowing up would-be killers in their tracks is exactly what the special forces train to do.
“This was a classic SAS mission,” he said. “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.