British sniper sues Army over error which put him in danger of being kidnapped by al-Qaeda

Police feared the soldier and his family could face retaliatory…

Police feared the soldier and his family could face retaliatory attacks by British-based Islamists after it was disclosed to the media that he had shot dead several Taliban gunmen at a range of 1.5 miles during during a tour in Helmand.

The soldier and his family were forced to leave the country amid fears that he was a possible target of a kidnap plot.

He has now lodged a “letter of claim” with the MoD, accusing it of failing in its duty of care to the soldier by allowing his identity to become public.

The document, a copy of which has been passed to The Sunday Telegraph by a military source, also states that:

– Police were forced to conduct an assessment of the threat to the soldier and his family.
– He was advised there could be a real and immediate risk to his and his family’s lives.
– The family were told to leave the country while a new Army quarter was found.
– The soldier’s wife had to give up her job after the family moved.
– His daughter was taken out of school in the run up to her GCSEs.
– Panic alarms have been fitted in the soldier’s new house.

The letter also states that since his identity was disclosed, the soldier, who The Sunday Telegraph is not naming, he has been “medically downgraded” by the Army, and is unable to deploy on operations.

Under the MoD’s own operational security procedures, snipers’ identities are kept confidential for fear that they may be targeted for retribution.

Source: Sean Rayment

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