They found bombs which had been planted in the school by insurgents who knew eager kids would soon be flocking into its grounds to begin school.
As it opened, a six-year-old boy ran into the schoolyard and trod on a mine which blew off his right leg below the knee.
The bombers hatched their plan after a tribal elder used the village mosque’s public address system to announce the school would re-open for the first time in three years after Taliban threats forced it to close.
The mine was linked to a much larger bomb which would have killed every child and teacher in the school had it gone off. That’s when the gunners from II Squadron of the RAF Regiment swung into action. Sqn Ldr Matt Carter said: “We mounted a squadron-level operation to clear the rest of the village, make the school safe and reassure the villagers.”
His men teamed up with locals to guard the school for three days until bomb disposal experts could arrive to scour the grounds for more devices. They soon found another mine which they defused.
Then RAF Regiment gunners patrolled the village for the next few days – and now the people of Molla Abdullah Kariz have turned against the Taliban. Sqn Ldr Carter said: “The villagers saw immediately that the insurgents had targeted the future of the village by attacking the school and the next generation.
“This was a turning point. As a result, the vast majority of the locals now openly support the Afghan government and coalition forces.” The change of mood has seen locals volunteering for a registration and identity card scheme. Other villages nearby are also clamouring for ID cards.
Sqn Ldr Carter explained: “ID cards help greatly because they give the insurgents fewer places to hide among a population moving towards acceptance of the Afghan government.”
Village leader Janaan (many Afghans use only one name) told the Daily Star Sunday: “The boy who was injured is now doing well and is back at the school.
“After that, the people here now hate the Taliban. We are happy that the British have helped us.” It’s a clear victory for the RAF Regiment, the troops responsible for keeping Kandahar airbase secure.UK DAILY STAR h/t herr OYAL
Are these the ‘moderate’ Taliban with whom the Obama Regime is trying to make peace deals?