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A British special forces sniper killed five Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists near Mosul, Iraq with three bullets, including precision shots that detonated two of the terrorists’ suicide vests.
The SAS marksman was given the go-ahead to fire on the jihadists as they were leaving what was described as a bomb making factory near Mosul. Reports say the jihadists exited the building wearing heavy coats in hot weather, a sign they were hiding suicide vests.
Reports said the sniper killed three jihadists and two “guards” who were said to be scouts looking for any military forces in the area.
The marksman shot the first terrorist in the chest as he left the bomb factory, which caused his suicide vest to detonate, killing him instantly and the two ISIL “guards” who were sitting in a nearby car.
A second ISIL jihadist was killed with a shot to the head and the third terrorist was killed when the sniper’s third bullet struck his suicide vest and caused it to detonate.
A military source told the UK’s Daily Express that the marksman’s operation occurred two weeks ago and was a “classic SAS mission.”
“There were too many civilian homes nearby and children were often around so an airstrike was out of the question,” the source said. “Instead, the SAS commander in Iraq decided to use a sniper team and the operation was a complete success.
“With just three well-aimed shots that single team has probably saved the lives of hundreds of innocent people.”
The Mosul operation was the second recent successful mission involving British SAS forces.
An SAS team was also involved in tracking down and calling in the air strike that killed the infamous ISIL executioner known as “Jihadi John”.
According to a report released last week, a team of eight from British special forces were tasked with penetrating deep inside ISIL’s stronghold of Raqqa, Syria. The British forces drove desert buggies for some 35 miles through the desert in the middle of the night and “dug in” undetected about five miles from Raqqa.
Three nano-drones were equipped with infrared and night-vision cameras in the nose and were pre-programed to fly to Jihadi John’s hideout in Raqqa. Two of the drones beamed footage of jihadist activity by satellite to SAS headquarters in Hereford and U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar.
The third drone then recorded images of Jihadi John (whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi) and the terrorist was killed by Hellfire missiles as he walked out of his hideout and into a waiting car.