‘Efforts on to kidnap,kill Harry’

Taliban on Monday threatened to kill Britain’s Prince Harry,who is serving a fresh deployment in Afghanistan as an Apache attack helicopter pilot,four years after his previous battle stint in the war-torn country was cut short over similar threats

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kandahar,london | Published: September 11, 2012 2:10 am

Taliban on Monday threatened to kill Britain’s Prince Harry,who is serving a fresh deployment in Afghanistan as an Apache attack helicopter pilot,four years after his previous battle stint in the war-torn country was cut short over similar threats.

Describing 27-year-old Prince Harry as a “high-value target”,a militia spokesman said they will “make their best efforts to kidnap or kill” him,the Sky news reported.

The Army captain,the third in line to the British throne,arrived in Afghanistan for his second tour of duty last week. He is deployed in southern province of Helmand,one of the bloodiest war zones in the 10-year-old conflict.

The London-based TV channel quoted Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid as saying: “Whoever is fighting in our country alongside the US is our enemy and we will attack him.” “Prince Harry came to Afghanistan and he is a high value target for us. We will try to arrest him. Because he is an Apache helicopter pilot,he will target us more. If we are not able to arrest him we will target him,” he said.

The new kill notice on Harry by Taliban comes just two days after the militant group had dismissed his deployment as a propaganda stunt,saying it was apparently to divert attention from his escapades in US.

The royal Apache pilot hit the headlines last month after he was photographed naked at a party in Las Vegas,US. He will spent four months based at the heavily fortified Camp Bastion at Helmand.

Harry is not expected to be sent out to take on Taliban for at least another seven days,the TV channel reported quoting unnamed sources.

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