2012
04.04

The Sun
26 March 2010

SAS legend Andy McNab has told how he almost got blown up on his return to the frontline in Afghanistan.

The Sun security expert was with an infantry patrol which came across a deadly booby-trapped bomb in the centre of a Taliban IED killing zone.

A young soldier with a mine detector spotted the 44lb device and the shout went up: “Stop!”

Andy said: “It was high explosive that would have taken out the patrol, including me. I was only three men behind him. Without doubt he saved our lives — I owe him a few beers back home.”

Bravo Two Zero hero Andy — armed only with a notepad and camera — had been invited to join the patrol by the CO of 2 Rifles, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Wright.

The first soldiers helicoptered into the battle zone were in “contact” with the enemy immediately, killing three insurgents within minutes.

Six IED blasts then rang out one after another and, as Andy’s patrol passed a graveyard Rifleman Kev Cooper, a 20-year-old Londoner, detected the buried bomb.

Andy said: “Kev told me later he got down, gently started to dig out the sand and thought, ‘F***!’. He said he was just doing his job but we’re glad he found it before it took us out and that it’s not still lying there waiting for other lads.”

The mission ended with a total of 44 bombs made safe, two prisoners, a huge haul of explosives and weapons — with NO British casualties.

Source: The Sun

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