A Gurkha soldier who single-handedly foughtAgainst 30 Taliban


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A Gurkha officer who without any assistance battled off an assault on his base by up to 30 Taliban extremists has been honored the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Acting Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, 31, depleted all his ammo and at one point needed to utilize the tripod of his automatic rifle to beat away an activist climbing the dividers of the compound.

The officer let go more than 400 rounds, dispatched 17 projectiles and exploded a mine to upset the Taliban strike on his checkpoint close Babaji in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan.

Acting Sgt Pun was on sentry obligation on the night of September 17 a year ago when he heard a ringing clamor outside the little base.

At first he thought it may be a jackass or a bovine, yet when he went to examine he discovered two agitators burrowing a trench to lay an ad libbed dangerous gadget (IED) at the checkpoint's front door.

He understood that he was totally encompassed and that the Taliban were going to dispatch an all around arranged endeavor to overwhelm the compound.

The foe opened flame from all sides, annihilating the sentry position where Acting Sgt Pun had been on obligation minutes prior.

Safeguarding the base from the rooftop, the Gurkha stayed under constant assault from rocket-pushed projectiles and AK47s for over quarter of 60 minutes.

The vast majority of the aggressors were around 50ft far from him, however at one point he pivoted to see a "colossal" Taliban warrior approaching over him.

Acting Sgt Pun got his automatic rifle and shot a long burst at the man until he tumbled off the rooftop.

At the point when another guerilla attempted to scale to his position, the Gurkha endeavored to shoot him with his SA80 rifle.

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