An SAS sergeant bludgeoned to death three Taliban fanatics using a claw hammer when his gun malfunctioned.
The 29-year-old, from the Midlands, took down the terror trio after following them into an underground Afghan cave complex.
He had already blasted three other fighters with his Glock when the weapon failed and he was forced to use a hammer instead.
He smashed two fighters over the head inside the narrow cave.
A third man then attacked him, but he was killed with a single blow.
The soldier had volunteered to crawl into the complex in a bid to take down the extremists when they escaped from a raid on their Taliban base, the Star on Sunday reported.
He was operating in total darkness and the caves had barely enough room for one man to crawl through.
A source told the paper: “There wasn’t enough room to use a long-barrelled weapon so the Brit used his Glock 9mm pistol and grabbed a claw hammer.”
“He couldn’t see the Taliban but he could hear and smell them. He shot three of them dead one after the other but then his pistol jammed.”
The source described how the SAS man picked up the hammer instead and continued the battle.
He said: "He fought two more in the dark where the tunnel opened into a larger room which was partially lit by a candle.
"After he killed those two, he was attacked by another but killed him almost instantly with a single blow.”
“It was a brutal fight to the death.
"The SAS sergeant emerged from the tunnel half an hour later covered in blood, both his own and those of the men he had killed.”
He was unable to speak for an hour because of the shock but later described it as they most traumatic experience of his life.
His fight took place in January, following a joint British and Afghan operation in the north of the country, but details have only now been revealed.
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