Afghan Taliban plotted to kidnap Prince Harry

The rebels were determined to capture Britain’s fourth-in-line to the throne during his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: October 6, 2013 12:40 am

Prince Harry was the prime target of the Taliban during his stint with British troops in Afghanistan and there were many plans to capture him. But his “good luck” saved him,a top militant commander has claimed.

The rebels were determined to capture Britain’s fourth-in-line to the throne during his tour of duty in Afghanistan,commander Qari Nasrullah said in an interview with the Daily Mirror at a heavily guarded compound near Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.

Nasrullah,a Taliban commander from the Afghan province of Kunnar,revealed how Prince Harry was the No 1 target during his stint in the war-torn country as a British Army officer.

“When your Prince came here and flew his Apache and bombarded the mujahideen,it meant that our fighters did not exactly have a soft spot for him,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.

“As far as the mujahideen were concerned,he was just an ordinary soldier who was fighting for America. This is how we view him. He may well be a prince in Britain,but to us he is merely a common soldier.

“There were many plans to capture him but,maybe it was his good luck,he managed to escape,” Nasrullah said.

Harry,29,served on the Afghan frontline with British forces twice. His 2008 tour as an infantryman calling in air attacks on the Taliban was cut short after 10 weeks when foreign media broke a strict news blackout and announced he was there.

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