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Prince’s claim he killed fighters raises concerns on reprisals

Prince Harry’s assertion that he has killed Taliban fighters while deployed in Afghanistan is drawing intense media coverage in Britain and sparking concerns about possible reprisals.

The Daily Mirror ran a page-one headline “Royal Sensation Harry: I Killed Taliban” on Tuesday along with a photo of a macho-looking Harry in combat gear and designer shades.

Other newspapers ran similar gung-ho stories about the prince’s military exploits.

His comments were made during a 20-week deployment as a gunner in a British Apache helicopter that has just come to an end. The interview was released for publication Monday after the 28-year-old Harry was safely out of Afghanistan.

Former officer Charles Hayman, who edits a yearbook on British forces, said the comments may raise the already high threat level against Harry.

– Associated Press

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