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Taliban threaten to kill Prince Harry

- September 10, 2012 - Updated 128 PKT - From Web Edition

KANDHAR: The Taliban said Monday it was determined to kill Britain's Prince Harry, serving in Afghanistan four years after his previous deployment was cut short over security concerns.


A militia spokesman said the group had a "high-value plan" to attack the third in line to the British throne in southern province Helmand, one of the toughest battlefields in the 10-year war.


"We will do our best to kill Prince Harry and Britain's other troops based in Helmand," the spokesman, who gave his name as Zabihullah Mujahid, told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.


It is not important for us to kidnap him. We will target him and we will kill him," he added.


The 27-year-old Apache helicopter pilot, who hit the headlines last month after he was photographed naked at a party in Las Vegas, will spend four months based at the heavily fortified Camp Bastion in Helmand.


"Whoever fights in our country is our enemy and we will do everything possible to kill him," said Mujahid.


Britain says Harry's squadron "will provide surveillance, deterrence and, when required, close combat attack capabilities as well as escort duties for other aircraft".


In 2008, the royal was hastily withdrawn from Afghanistan when a news blackout surrounding his deployment, on the ground directing aircraft in attacks on Taliban positions, was broken.


This time, however, the military has released photographs and video of him in Afghanistan from the start.


The Ministry of Defence said any risk "has been, and will continue to be, assessed".


Reader Comments
Asim, what shame? Harry's activities in Las Vegas are just some enjoyed typical of a man his age. What harm in being photographed naked? A good-looking fit man; he has nothing to be ashamed of. And as for fighting in Afghanistan, I have no doubt the majority of peaceful Afghans would prefer the security presence of British troops over the extreme views, punishments and repression of women that is typical of the Taliban.

They just wanted to clear his name after the Vegas case. They would even kill him to make him a hero & to wash off the shame he has brought to the so called royal family:)

Harry should regardless be nailed by Taliban or by ordinary Brits, he is a disgrace to the highly respectable British Royal Family

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