Ulster Soldiers Rescue Family from Gunman; RIR Troops Free Kosovan Hostages
TWO soldiers told yesterday how they rescued a terrified family being held hostage at gunpoint in their home in war-torn Kosovo and arrested one of their attackers.
Royal Irish Regiment 1st Battalion Corporal Davy Stewart, 28, from Lisburn, and 19-year-old Ranger Colin Dunlop, from Belfast, were called to the scene while guarding Pristina hospital.
They arrived at a nearby apartment block after a tip-off from a neighbour, to be confronted by a gunman wielding a loaded AK47 assault rifle.
The two soldiers challenged the man, who dropped his weapon and surrendered.
Corporal Stewart guarded him while Ranger Dunlop raced upstairs to find another man who leapt from an open window and escaped capture.
They then discovered the distraught family, a middle-aged couple and their daughter, in their lounge where they had been held at knifepoint and gunpoint.
"To say the gunman was astonished when he found two British soldiers at the door is putting it mildly," said Corporal Stewart. …