- British marksman said to have killed terrorist with ‘head shot’ near Syria border
- SAS sniper ‘had a window of 15 seconds to take the shot in near total darkness’
- ‘One in a million’ shot took place when the ISIS fanatic was arriving at safe house
A British sniper has killed a senior ISIS fighter with a ‘one in a million’ night-time shot from a mile away, it has been claimed.
The unnamed SAS marksman is said to have killed the terrorist with a ‘head shot’ close to the Syrian border having been given a window of just 15 seconds.
He is understood to be a sergeant with the SAS G-Squadron and a veteran of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he is understood to have recorded as many as 100 kills.
An SAS sniper has killed a senior ISIS fighter with a ‘one in a million’ shot from a mile away, it has been claimed (file picture)
According to the Daily Star Sunday, he is believed to have used a US-made McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle as he targeted the fanatic who was arriving at a safe house in a village close to the Syrian border.
The trooper is said to have been part of a counterterrorism drive in Iraq and Syria, in operation since the beginning of the year.
A source told the newspaper that the village in question was under ISIS control making a more preferable ‘capture mission’ impossible. The exact location has not been revealed.
The unnamed sniper is believed to have used a US-made McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle (file picture) as he targeted the fanatic who was arriving at a safe house in a village close to the Syrian border
‘The SAS team had hoped that the ISIS commander would arrive during the day because a night shot was regarded as too dangerous,’ the source said.
‘But as evening approached the team realised that they were going to have to either abort or go for a night shot. The sniper said he wanted to take the shot and was given a “go order”.’
The sniper had 15 seconds to take his shot as the extremist pulled up in a car. The source said the extremist was killed instantly after being shot in the back of the head.
The Ministry of Defence declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline this morning.