They didn’t bomb the crap out of them on the spot, for greater need in forensic evidence/ intelligence gathering.
Watch: Incredible video shows the moment an RAF Tornado spots Taliban insurgents planting an IED… and calls in support to scare them off
- Taliban insurgents were trying to blow up a convoy of US and Afghan troops
- One Tornado GR4’s cameras spotted them planting the homemade bomb
- They sent information to coalition forces, who destroyed the bomb
- Incident was in Kandahar, Afghanistan and involved jets from the RAF
By IAN DRURY, DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT
PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 9 April 2014 | UPDATED: 00:55 GMT, 10 April 2014
Under cover of darkness, a team of Taliban fighters creep out to bury a deadly improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
The four insurgents intend to wreak death and destruction by blowing up a convoy of US and Afghan troops travelling along the dirt road unaware of the danger ahead.
But on this occasion, carnage was averted… thanks to RAF fast jets.
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The Tornado GR4 is both a powerful warplane, and a psychological tool, as proved by the most recent Taliban IED event
The images taken from 10,000 ft in the air, showing the insurgents planting the IED in the road, before they are scared away by the jet flying only 100 ft above their head
One Tornado GR4 aircraft’s state-of-the-art cameras spotted the would-be killers planting the homemade bomb.
Seconds later, a second British warplane roared just 100ft above the insurgents’ heads in an intimidating show of force, causing them to flee in terror.