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Afghan soldier hailed for thwarting Taliban raid

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 01:15

An Afghan soldier is hailed a hero after shooting dead six Taliban gunmen who tried to storm the country's parliament. Paul Chapman reports.

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Essa Khan's being hailed a hero by his Afghan army colleagues. The sergeant's shot to overnight fame after shooting dead six Taliban gunmen as they tried to storm the parliament in Kabul. A woman and child were killed and 30 others wounded in the attack. Khan says he was was first alerted when a car bomb exploded outside the compound where parliament was in session. (SOUNDBITE)(Pashto) SERGEANT ESSA KHAN SAYING: "When the attack happened, straight away I thought it was a group raid so I took the gun and sat down near the door of the container. The enemies were coming one by one, they thought we'd all gone to sleep, so I started shooting one by one. I counted six of them lying down. The last one was killed by someone else." The 28-year-old's been handed the keys to a new apartment by President Ashraf Ghani as a reward. For now the Afghan public's happy to celebrate his courage rather than question how the Taliban was able to get a car bomb and an armed group so close to parliament.

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Afghan soldier hailed for thwarting Taliban raid

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 01:15