London, Jun 15: Britain's Prince Harry had a narrow escape from death just days before he was pulled out of Afghanistan. During operations outside Musa Qala in Helmand Province in February, a rocket exploded just 50 metres from the young royal.
He had to dive for cover as shrapnel from the 170mm missile whistled narrowly over his head and his patrol. "He was lucky-the strike was well within shrapnel range of where he was," News of the World quoted a senior military source, as saying. "It was a bit hairy and it certainly got the blood pumping. "But the prince's thoughts were typically with his men and after the attack ended he called in a Chinook helicopter to evacuate any wounded.
"Then he went straight back out on patrol," the source added. Fortunately Harry and his men all escaped unscathed in the attack.
Harry, who spent 10 weeks serving in the country's danger zone, was pulled out of Afghanistan amid concerns for his safety and after a news blackout deal over his tour of duty was broken by foreign media.