News: SAS soldier shoots colleague with live round in mock training exercise at GCHQ

News: SAS soldier shoots colleague with live round in mock training exercise at GCHQ

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An SAS officer was accidentally shot with live rounds and had to be sent to hospital during a routine mock operation at the GCHQ offices.

It happened during an exercise at the intelligence agency’s headquarters in Cheltenham, known as the Doughnut for its shape.

The victim was taken to hospital with a wounded arm and is still recovering 12 weeks later.

The Special Air Services (SAS), sent in by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), were conducting a simulated operation in January at the headquarters in Cheltenham with guns that should have only been loaded with training ammunition.

Two teams made up of members of the elite fighting force were simulating a kidnapping in January at GCHQ, Britain’s cyber intelligence and security service, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

One team, playing the attackers, invaded the base and took spies played by office workers hostage.

An inquiry in to the incident has been instigated by the police. It has since been passed to the Health & Safety Executive, where it currently sits, reports The Times

The SAS used the famous doughnut offices to simulate a regular office environment.

Two opposing SAS teams were sent in for the mock operation. The first team invaded the base and took hostages and the second team worked to rescue the “kidnapped staff” and regain control of the facilities.

Recovering

Training ammunition was supposed to be being used during the operation that saw 50 workers from the GCHQ drafted in to play the role of workers. However one special armed operative fired off live ammunition at a fellow agent, reported.

The injured operative was wounded in the arm, sent to hospital and is still recovering 12 weeks later.

No officers were hurt but they were close by when the shot fired.

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An official spokesman from GCHQ refused to comment on the incident.

The MoD also remained tight-lipped on the incident. An official spokesperson said: “We do not comment on Special Forces.”

An insider from the special forces told The Times: “It’s military dark humour but it was shrugged off in a way. It’s one of those things that very occasionally, unfortunately happens.”



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