A British service dog Kuno, who stormed through Al-Qaida terrorist and saved lives of the soldiers, abide his time to get Victoria Cross medal.

He was deployed with an elite special force team (Special Boat Service) to Afghanistan. During the night raid, the team was pinned down by grenades and a terrorist machine gunner, blocking them to advance.

To break the deadlock Kuno had to be sent to break it. He charged through the storm of bullets to tackle the gunman and supported the team to move forward.

He bore shots, one nearly missing the main artery, needing an immediate life-saving operation.

To prevent a life-threatening infection, vets had to amputate parts of his back paws. After recovering, he was deployed for the second time to be in the service of his team.

“Without Kuno, the course of this operation could have been very different, and it’s clear he saved the lives of British personnel that day”, Said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to BBC.

Now retired Kuno, who is a trained explosive, weapons detector and enemy disabler, is awaiting his time to be awarded a Victoria Cross medal – a prestigious award introduced in 1943.

Kuno will become the 72nd recipient of the medal, with previous recipients including 34 dogs, 32 World War II messenger pigeons, four horses and one cat.

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  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.