Canadian sniper smashes world record with 2 mile kill shot in Iraq
By Brian Seay
A Canadian sniper fires his weapon at the Batoche Small Arms Range in September 2013. (Photo: Cpl Claude Arseneault/Canadian Army)
Military officials confirmed Thursday that a sniper with Canada’s strategic-level counter-terrorism forces smashed the record for longest confirmed kill shot in military history with a distance of 3,540 meters.
A member of the secretive Joint Task Force 2 fired the deadly round from a McMillan TAC-50, killing an ISIS fighter in Iraq from more than 2 miles away. The kill shot crushes the previous record, which was 2,475 meters, according to Toronto’s Globe and Mail.
“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” a military source told the paper. “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”
The sniper fired the world record round from a high rise during an operation sometime in the last month. The bullet took less than 10 seconds to strike the insurgent. Officials say the kill was verified with video footage.
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