25 Mar '11, 12pm

Britain has given a Gurkha soldier who single-handedly fought off up to 30 insurgents in Afghanistan an award for bravery

Britain has given a Gurkha soldier who single-handedly fought off up to 30 insurgents in Afghanistan an award for bravery

British army Sergeant Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who single-handedly fought off up to 30 insurgents in Afghanistan, has been rewarded for bravery. -- PHOTO: AFP LONDON - A GURKHA soldier who single-handedly fought off up to 30 insurgents in Afghanistan, even using his gun tripod when he ran out of bullets, has been rewarded for bravery, British officials said on Friday. Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, 31, of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, fired 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to thwart the assault by Taleban fighters at a British checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand province last year. The only weapon he did not use was the traditional curved Kukri knife carried by the Nepalese soldiers, because he did not have it with him. Sergeant Pun saved the lives of three colleagues who were at the checkpoint and was presented with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross ...

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