Solider shot while helmet cam rolls

By Paul Harper

A still from the helmet-mounted camera. Image / YouTube
A still from the helmet-mounted camera. Image / YouTube

A helmet-mounted camera has captured the moment a US soldier was shot during a fire fight in Afghanistan.

The clip, which resembles a real-life first-person shooter video game, shows the unidentified soldier shooting on Taliban forces in the Kumar Province.

According to YouTube user Funker530 whose channel hosts the video, none of the rounds penetrated the soldier's body armour and they suffered no permanent injuries.

"I got a hit a total of 4 times," the soldier is quoted as saying in the video's description.

"My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. the rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn't start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons.

I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety (sic).

"A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless (sic)."

The video has been viewed more than 660,000 times since being uploaded a day ago.

The YouTube channel was set by a Canadian war veteran to share his own footage captured during his seven-month tour of Afghanistan, and now features videos from other soldiers who have served on the frontline.

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