A 20-year-old British marksman prevented a major attack by Taliban during a gun battle in December in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan, and he did it with one well-aimed bullet.
From the Telegraph:
“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.
“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, 'I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”
Another suicide vest was found nearby with 44 lbs. of explosives. The unnamed sniper hit his target from 930 yards away, instantly killing the suicide bomber and sending off five others to meet their maker who were caught in the blast.
The same sniper, with his first shot on the tour of duty, killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards (1,340m).
...It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.
This serves as a stark reminder that no matter what you hear from the administration or the press, terrorism is a threat that is alive and well. Thankfully these Taliban members were stopped before they could kill the innocent in order to spread their message of hate.