British Soldier Throws Back Taliban Grenade, Saves Comrade.

by Daniel Russ on March 9, 2010

UK Rifelman James McKie

In a tale that sounds like it was taken straight from a Hollywood script, Reuters tells how Rifleman James McKie of the British Army in Afghanistan picked up a live grenade in time and was able to lob it over to protect members of his platoon. The grenade exploded in mid-air, with fragments hitting his right arm and face.

From Reuters:

“I tried to throw it properly, to clear the roof. I didn’t want to do it half-arsed and have them throw it back at us or anything like that.
“I remember thinking that if I didn’t pull this off, it was going to hurt. But at that stage I was pretty much committed” [said McKie].

In an interview with the BBC’s Caroline Wyatt, McKiereveals that fighting against the Taliban has become more intense over the past few weeks.”

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