RAF snipers protect Afghan family from insurgent attack
Gunners from II Squadron RAF Regiment got local people, including children, to safety before turning their weapons on the attackers.
The incident happened during an operation by the unit in Helmand province where they have been working hard to build relations with the local community and regularly hold shuras (meetings) with local elders.
The news coincides with today’s (1 February 2012) 70th anniversary of the formation of the RAF Regiment in 1942. A unit from II Squadron, which is normally based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, was on a foot patrol when the attack happened.
The patrol, which included snipers, were sat down talking to elders and children when they came under fire from an insurgent position. Reacting quickly, the patrol ensured the civilians were out of harm’s way before taking cover themselves.
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