Prince Harry moved to safety during attack

2012-09-18 07:25
London - Prince Harry was moved under guard to a secure location during a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion, the base where he is deployed in Afghanistan, Britain's defence minister has said.

Two US Marines were killed and unprecedented material damage caused when attackers armed with guns, rockets and suicide vests stormed the NATO base in Helmand province last Friday.

"Additional security arrangements" are in place to protect Britain's third in line to the throne on his second tour of duty in the country, Philip Hammond told BBC's Newsnight on Monday when questioned about the assault.

"Clearly there are fall-back plans and I can't go into the detail of them - but once we knew on Friday night that the perimeter at Bastion had been breached he would have been moved to a secure position under effective guard," he said.

'Additional security arrangements'

The prince was about two kilometres away with other Apache crew members when the heavily defended NATO base was attacked, but was not in danger, according to Hammond.

He said that while the 28-year-old royal is "no more or less exposed than any other Apache pilot" in combat, he remains under close protection.

"He is serving there as an ordinary officer but clearly there are additional security arrangements in place that recognise that he could be a target himself specifically as a result of who he is," Hammond added.

'Nothing to do with the prince'

Although the Taliban have vowed to kill Prince Harry, one of its spokesperson’s told AFP that Friday's assault "had nothing to do with the prince".

The attack was the first in a wave of violence at the weekend which also saw six NATO soldiers - two of them British - killed in suspected shootings by Afghan police.

The deaths took to 51 the number of Western soldiers killed by their Afghan colleagues since the start of the year, in a growing trend that jeopardises NATO plans to train local forces to take over when they leave.

Earlier Hammond moved to assure British lawmakers that the surge in attacks would not derail Britain's operations in Afghanistan, where some 9 500 British troops are deployed.

"Our strategy is clear. We are mentoring and training the Afghan army and police to deliver security to their own people," he told Britain's House of Commons.

"We cannot and we will not allow the process to be derailed," he added.

Comments

  • Elias Tabane - 2012-09-18 07:45

    Why moving a soldier to a secure place? Let him fight the talibans if he is a real soldier...blood coward...

      peterajct - 2012-09-18 08:07

      Elias-shut.the.F.up..!\r\nu need talk.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-09-18 08:57

      Peter your the bloody idiot, he has a point why pretend to be a soldier? A coward little runt! Sure let's put the red head useless prince in our military and then let's spend tax payers money to hire his personnel guard, and yea let's make sure he has enough tampons... I'm happy to see south Africa doesn't just waste money, dumb ass royal wannabes, I say do the world a favour and get rid of all war mondering a holes

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-18 09:53

      Exactly ,why did he go there in the fisrt place if he didnt anticipate death? Was he under the impression that it was a tea party?

      jason.children - 2012-09-18 10:07

      Did any of you read the article??? you are all idiots. prince Harry was walking foot patrol with his troops in Afghanistan 2 years ago. Doing the real thing.............then the press leaked it that he was there. This put himself and his troops into more danger, because killing him would be a massive thing for the Taliban. So Harry went and qualified as an Apache Helicopter pilot so he could get back in active duty. How many Helicopter Pilots grab a gun and go running off to fight with the troops??? None, too much money is spent training them. At least he is there doing whatever he can. Morons.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-18 11:28

      @ jason i think you are the idiot read what you wrote please "Harry was walking foot patrol with his troops in Afghanistan 2 years ago. Doing the real thing.............then the press leaked it that he was there" That already tells you that when the press leaked the info about him being there he became a liability immediately,why is he still there?

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-09-18 08:09

    @elias tabane. Surely he went there to fight the Taliban. Not to play hide-and-seek with them. I expected him to step up to the plate and die in battle if need be like all his medieval ancestors are portrayed to have done. Soon he will have numerous medals. For hiding from enemy fire?

      jason.children - 2012-09-18 10:13

      you are talking about something you dont know about and making yourself very silly.

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-09-18 08:12

    How many other peopls are going to die to protect him,he is just a bloody great target which puts all around him in danger.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-18 09:55

      @ Vernon,exaclty his presence there is more of a liability than anything else.

      TruetotheBlue - 2012-09-18 10:05

      I think Granny Liz banished him from the Kingdom after his naked Vegas shenanigans :)

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-18 09:08

    All NATO troops must go home ! Let them sort out their own problem, muslim world should provide military forces for the country.

  • Gill McCain - 2012-09-18 09:29

    Hey faerrab - takes one to know one! Try a visit to the UAE where all you lot walk hand in hand, how sweet.

      faerrab - 2012-09-18 11:10

      OO yeah baby yeah Osama is hot.......On a serious note Get out of Muslims lands and stop killing muslims which is why ol Harry is there in the first place - to kill muslims (go read up on the capability of Apache helicopters) and if he does get injured or killed then Muslims are bad - BTW 8 women were killed by Nato bombs over the weekend ......

      jason.children - 2012-09-18 11:15

      Faerrab, 8 South African Men, flying for a courier Company were killed by a female suicide bomber in Kabul this morning. Because of a film made by an American. Lets not even get into who is right and wrong.

  • faerrab - 2012-09-18 12:04

    Jason - In war there is no right, there is only misery. All we got to hope is that peace prevails

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