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An SAS sniper has reportedly killed five terrorists with one shot from one of the Army's most powerful guns.
The marksman was a sergeant who had 20 years' experience and he killed the suicide bomber in Syria from almost 3,000ft away.
Instead of aiming for a headshot, he hit the terrorist's chest, which caused his suicide bomb to detonate. This then killed four other jihadis, one of which was a top commander.
The attack happened in November during a 'kill or capture' mission, with the SAS fighting the Islamic State.
Troops had been working alongside Kurdish fighters to find an ISIS group who had attacked villages in the area.
The sniper was using a Barrett .50 calibre rifle - the most powerful gun they have access to.
Speaking to the Daily Star, a source said: "The plan at that stage was to drop the suicide bomber with the first shot and then the leader if they felt they could identify him. But we got lucky.
"The target was at the maximum range. The sniper adjusted for the wind, aimed and gently squeezed the trigger.
"He waited for the target to drop but instead the guy exploded.
"When the dust settled there were four bodies lying around with various bits missing.
"It then occurred to the sniper that the vest had detonated. When you take out a suicide bomber you normally aim for the head.
"But this guy was at the extreme limit of the sniper's shooting ability so he went for the centre of his mass - the chest."
The source told the news outlet that the SAS team had returned to base with the sniper. He was then given a baseball cap with the words 'Long Range Death' on it.
The source added: "The terrorists are scared to death of snipers. We use silencers on our rifles which seriously deaden the noise.
"They can't see us or hear us and they only know we are around when bodies start hitting the floor."
LADbible has approached the MOD for comment.
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