Middle East

Bomb disposal expert’s worst day


Jarrod Sierocki

During his six month tour of Afghanistan in 2009, Kim Hughes defused 119 improvised explosive devices and saved countless lives. CREDIT: Forces TV

Kim Hughes GC defused 119 improvised explosive devices during his six month tour of Afghanistan.

GROWING up, Kim Hughes was the “fat kid with the girl’s name who could barely read or write”. Today, he’s the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator in the British Armed Forces.

During his six month tour of Afghanistan in 2009 he defused 119 improvised explosive devices and saved countless lives. But one particularly devastating day stands out.

In this extract from his book Painting The Sand, he explains what happened.

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SOMEONE once said when you’re in a minefield tread carefully and try and get to the other side. It was sound advice and something that flashed across my mind as I began formulating my plan.

Dead, dying and wounded soldiers were trapped in an area of hell about a third of the size of a football pitch. It was always…

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