British military dog gets 'Victoria Cross' for charging al-Qaeda gunman in Afghanistan

WION Web Team
NEW DELHI Published: Nov 25, 2020, 11:55 AM(IST)

Retired military dog Kuno. Photograph:( Twitter )

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As the British troops came under enemy fire, the dog ran towards one the gunmen, drawing fire and allowing the defending troops to take the advantage.

A British military dog who served alongside UK's soldiers in Afghanistan has been awarded 'Dickin Medal', the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

Kuno, a Belgian Shepherd Malinois, was part of an assault force raiding a compound in an undisclosed mountainous region when he charged through a hail of gunfire to bring down a gunman.

As the British troops came under enemy fire, the dog ran towards one the gunmen, drawing fire and allowing the defending troops to take the advantage.

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The four-year-old received the medal from vet charity the PDSA during a virtual presentation ceremony.

Kuno was injured and underwent several operations before becoming the first UK military dog to be fitted with a custom-made prosthetic limb.

(With inputs from agencies)

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