Thursday, 27 August 2009

Movement Control: Pte Walker evades Islamist kidnappers

When Private Peter Walker went to get a pizza in Kuwait City the other day he was set upon by five knife-wielding locals.

Fearing that he was being kidnapped to be ransomed or even passed on to an Islamist terrorist group, Pte Walker fought his way free and legged it. Running into a building and up a flight of stairs, he found that there was no other way out but to leap from a he jumped and sprinted to safety through the streets.

The propaganda value to the Taliban of having a British soldier in their hands would be immense and what they would do to him doesn't bear thinking about. Private Walker's quick thinking and fast footwork certainly got him out of a frightening situation.

Private Walker serves with 59 Movement Control Squadron, 29 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps; it's fortunate that parkour forms part of 59MC Squadron's basic training.

The Sun: Kidnapped soldier jumps off balcony