Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Killing Zone

Here's another report from Sun Media's Doug Beazley embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan. I suspect Cpl. Singh won't hestitate to fire the next time.

Climb aboard Master Cpl. Andy Singh's Bison and enter ...

They were rolling down from Panjwayi to Kandahar Airfield, and they were halfway home when the radio started squawking.

Vehicle approaching on the left, coming slow. Black Toyota Corolla. One occupant. Everybody move to the right.

Master Cpl. Andy Singh was in the cockpit of his Bison transport, head and shoulders clear of the roof, his C-6 light machine gun pointed at the horizon, his finger on the trigger.


"We were doing about 60 kmh when the car came up on the left. I was sighting him with my gun," said Singh, rubbing the tips of his fingers together - still raw and red from where he lost the skin.

"I could see his face. He was a really young guy, maybe his early 20s, light beard. He looked me in the eyes.

"I swear ... and I know how this sounds ... he looked like he didn't want to do what he was going to do. He looked like he was saying 'sorry.' "
The next moment, a bright orange ball of light the size of a grapefruit burned away the suicide bomber's face. There was a loud crack, and the car dissolved in a ring of shrapnel.

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