Irish Guardsman Hunts Down Insurgent Across Minefield.
An insurgent bomber, caught red-handed laying deadly improvised explosive devices, is facing a life of imprisonment after a British soldier from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards gave chase across a minefield to catch him.
The insurgent, who could have caused the deaths of many troops or Afghan civilians, is facing Afghan justice thanks to Guardsman Lewis Wilby’s heroic actions. Despite being weighed down with more than 60lbs (27kg) of kit, the 26-year-old Irish Guardsman outran the bomber, sprinting across uncleared ground where IEDs were known to have been laid, and caught him as he tried desperately to hide out in a local villager’s compound.Because of the weight and bulkiness of the state-of-the-art protective equipment they wear and carry, British troops are dubbed ‘donkeys’ by the insurgents – but while the fleeing insurgent frantically threw off his clothes as he ran in an effort to shed weight, Guardsman Wilby overcame his disadvantage through sheer determination and effort.
Sweating and panting from his failed attempt to escape, the insurgent was detained and taken back to the Irish Guards’ patrol base where, along with one of his accomplices, he was handed over to the Afghan authorities.
Read the rest of Guardsman Lewis Wilby’s story here