Heir-razing threat: British-born Muslims ready to target Prince Harry
Taliban Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told The Daily Star in an interview “We have thousands of attackers ready to give up their lives for the Prophet Mohammed and kill the prince. That is our intention. They come from all over the world – from England, Pakistan.”
“They will lay down their lives so that the world will know our anger. The British and American invaders are not welcome in this land and must leave,” he said.
That the Taliban has been luring foreign nationals to train with them in Afghanistan is no secret; several Taliban combatants have been captured of European, British, and American origin.
This is, however, the first direct insinuation that homegrown UK citizens could be used in a turn-around suicide mission against the prince.
Prince Harry survived a Taliban attack on Camp Bastion on September 14, where he is currently serving a four-month tour of duty. Although failing to kill the prince, the Taliban claimed a moral victory, killing two marines and destroying or damaging eight US fighter jets. The attack cost the base a stunning US$200 million in damage. It was also the start of a new Taliban campaign called “Harry Operations” that would specifically target the prince.
“We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it, and so they can know our anger,” Ahmadi told the Associated Press after the attack.
“Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the prophet.”
Insurgents with Premier League football tattoos have already been found by British soldiers, and British surveillance has already picked up Yorkshire and Midland accents on Taliban radio frequencies, The Daily Star reported.
However, after the September 14 attack, NATO and the British Defense Ministry were quick to dispel any notion that the prince could actually have been killed.
"Prince Harry was never in any danger,” said NATO spokesman Martyn Crighton following the attack. Camp Bastion is one of the most heavily fortified bases in the world, and the prince was 2 kilometers from the attack site.
Prince Harry flies an Apache helicopter, working on support missions. Britain has not lost any of its 67 Apaches in Afghanistan, and the Defense Ministry has claimed that the risk to the prince is “low.”