Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:41AM
Unofficial reports have raised fears that Afghan insurgents would hugely increase the bounty for assassination of Britain's Prince Harry after he killed one of their commanders. Harry and other British troops are said to have recently killed a high-ranking Taliban commander, which has raised concerns for the Prince’s safety and those around him. Tory MP and former Army Colonel Patrick Mercer said the latest reports could only make Harry an even more susceptible target. Sources of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) also expressed concern over the media heating up the debate over Harry's killing of the Taliban commander. Opposition groups on social networks have already branded the Prince a “murderer”. One post stated that “Prince Harry murders Afghans with hellfire missile and it’s celebratory front page news.” Back in September, the Taliban launched a major attack on Camp Bastion, where Harry is based, killing two US marines. The insurgents later claimed the base was targeted because Harry was there. “We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping. We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him,” Taliban said in a statement at the time, BGH/AMR/HE