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Soldier throws back enemy hand grenade saving two comrades

When a Taliban hand grenade landed at the feet of Rifleman James McKie he made a split second decision that saved his life and those of two comrades - by picking it up and throwing it back.

As the soldiers came under fire from three different directions, the device exploded in mid air just yards away from where they were standing, sending shrapnel flying.

Rifleman McKie, of Reconnaissance Platoon, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, suffered injuries to his face and right arm.

Platoon Commander Captain Graeme Kerr was flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham after fragmentation hit his leg.


Speaking about the incident in Sangin on March 3, Rfn McKie said: 'My first thought was, "I hope this doesn't hurt too much".

'That, and I've really only got one chance to do this. If it fails, either way, doing nothing, I'm going to get the same amount of hurt. So I picked it up and threw it

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Added: Mar-9-2010 Occurred On: Mar-9-2010
By: kelly110
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Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, grenade, throw,
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