British special forces troops killed around 30 Afghan Taliban fighters in a night-time desert battle.
The crack team of SAS soldiers were sent in after a Taliban attack on a fort manned by Afghan government forces.
A US pilotless drone aircraft spotted the attackers and fired missiles at their convoy of trucks, blowing up two.
The survivors fled into the desert and the SAS were quickly flown in to hunt them down. They set up an ambush and after the rebel fighters opened fire, a battle raged through the night.
One SAS man survived a “quick-draw” shoot-out when he stumbled across a Taliban fighter. He pulled his gun and shot the rebel dead as a bullet from an AK47 hit him in the chest. His body armour stopped it and saved his life.
The battle last Wednesday in Helmand province was one of the most successful by special forces in recent years. And it came as 80 troops from the 4th Battalion, The Rifles were also sent into Sangin province to take on insurgents.
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