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Iraqi Journalist’s GoPro Deflects a Sniper’s Bullet


Wow is all we can say about this video. A journalist in Iraq was saved by his camera from sniper fire. It’s too unbelievable unless you watch the video.

The sniper’s bullet struck Ammar Alwaely while he was on location in Mosul, Iraq, The Sun reported Tuesday. Owen Holdaway, a journalist for The Sun, caught the dramatic incident on video.

Owen was travelling through the west of the city with his coworker and friend Ammar Alwaely when the ISIS sniper struck.

Luckily, the bullet hit a GoPro camera which Ammar was wearing round his neck – almost certainly saving his life.

Owen said: “At first I did not know what happened. I fell to the floor and could not turn around to see if Ammar was ok.

Crawling along to behind the vehicle, I eventually looked up and saw it had hit my old GoPro that I had given him just a few days earlier.

“The explosion had smashed the camera, spraying plastic into his face and cutting his lip.

“I knew immediately, if it had not hit the camera, or been a few inches to the right, it would have hit his heart, and be fatal.”

Following the attack, Ammar received some basic medical treatment and Owen had his friend’s blood wiped from his face.

Mosul is still divided, with Iraqi forces still fighting a gruelling battle against ISIS on the other side of the Tigris River, which cuts through the city’s heart.

After a seven-month war, the militants are besieged in the few districts they still control, along with hundreds of thousands of residents trapped alongside them, short on food and living under daily bombardment.