British sniper AfghanistanAt least six Taliban militants including a suicide bomber were killed with a single bullet in southern Afghanistan.

The Taliban militants were reportedly killed in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan by a young British sniper, who hit the suicide vest of a suicide bomber which triggered an explosion and left six Taliban militants dead.

The incident took place in Kakaran town last December and the target was hit from 930 yards (850 meters) away, the Telegraph reported.

Another Taliban machine-gunner was shot dead by the same sniper from 4,465 yards (1,340m).

Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers told the Telegraph, “The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch. He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.”

Lt Col Slack further added, “They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”

He said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby.

The British sharp-shooter used an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon to target the Taliban suicide bomber.