Prince Harry 'Makes 1st Kill' in Afghanistan

His unit's Apache helicopter rescued patrol under attack
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2012 3:06 PM CST
This July 9, 2012, photo shows Prince Harry examining the cockpit of an Apache helicopter with a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool file)

(Newser) – Prince Harry has likely killed his first Taliban militants in Afghanistan. He probably made the kill when his unit's Apache attack helicopter came to the rescue of a patrol under attack, the Telegraph reports. Military sources denied reports that he had gunned down a Taliban commander, but said he has used weaponry during operations. His Army Air Corps unit averages about four kills a month and draws on an arsenal that includes Hellfire missiles, a 30mm cannon, and 76 rockets.

Harry returned to Afghanistan as a gunner and navigator in September after an embarrassing nude-photo scandal in Vegas rocked the royal family. The Taliban has since vowed to kidnap or kill him, but senior military commanders decided that his presence wouldn't endanger others in his unit. His four-month deployment is soon coming to an end.

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