Prince Harry kills Taliban commander in Afghanistan

Prince Harry, an RAF helicopter pilot deployed in Afghanistan, has killed a Taliban leader in an airstrike, notching up his first "kill", British media reported Sunday.

The 27-year-old, the third in line to the British throne, was called in to provide air support to troops tracking a commander-level Taliban chief and hit the target with a 100 lb Hellfire missile fired from an Apache helicopter.

It is the first time the prince has been involved in a fatal airstrike against a Taliban commander, a report in The Sun said.

According to Daily Mail, the attack is said to have happened in late October, shortly after the prince returned to Afghanistan for his second deployment as gunship co-pilot.

A defence insider said, "We were on patrol and the Apache helicopters were called in. We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H. They were tracking a Taliban leader — he was commander-level."

Captain Harry Wales — as he is known in the Army — is a co-pilot gunner in the Apache unit which has the highest "kill rate" in the war. As the co-pilot gunner, Harry commands missions, fires weapons, navigates and sometimes takes over controls. The two-crew gunship — nicknamed "flying tank" — is used by forces in Afghanistan to smash Taliban, gather intelligence and provide support for soldiers on the ground.

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