- The Washington Times - Monday, June 20, 2016

A sniper with Britain’s Special Air Service reportedly saved countless lives last month when he killed two Libyan terrorists with a single bullet.

The Britain forces, in the country to train Libyan forces for combat against the Islamic State, were tipped off that a car bomb would detonate in a Tripoli market. An elite sniper honed in on the moving vehicle from 1,000 meters, shooting a round that passed through the driver’s head and into the passenger’s neck.

“If the sniper had missed, a lot of people would have lost their lives,” a source told the UK Daily Star on Sunday. “He was with the team advising the Libyans who were meant to be doing the ambush. He had little time to act.”

Libyan troops were originally supposed to take out the white 1990s Mercedes with a bomb in its trunk, but when the Libyans missed it was time for the sniper and his spotter to take matters into their own hands.

“The car crashed off the road after the driver was killed and the Libyans sprayed it with machine gun fire,” the source said. “The bomb in the boot then detonated and there was a massive explosion.”

The Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups have taken advantage of a security vacuum that formed in the North African nation after American and NATO forces ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Western forces are aiding Libya’s U.N.-backed unity government as it tries to reassert control over the fractured country.

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