Ambushed soldier speaks out

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A HEROIC soldier has told of how he escaped death after a land mine failed to detonate during a battle in war-torn Afghanistan.

Jordyn Moore, 20, was with his platoon during a six-month tour of the country when they were ambushed by Taliban fighters less than a month before he was due to return to Wearside.

As shots were fired on them, the soldiers fought for their lives, with one of Jordyn’s comrades being shot in the arm as he took shelter from the shower of bullets.

Jordyn, of Beechwood Crescent, Marley Pots, said: “They just started firing on us and so I shot back.

“There were 16 of us and we had to call in the air strikes.

“We were there for two hours and my friend got shot in the elbow.”

In another incident, Jordyn, who joined the Coldstream Guards in October 2008, was on foot patrol in the notorious Helmand Province when he stepped on a land mine as they scaled a Taliban compound.

But it failed to explode as they entered the building.

He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and discharged from the Army on medical grounds.

His family have now convinced him not to rejoin the forces and is seeking help at Norcare’s Bentinck Road centre in Newcastle, which helps ex-servicemen and women.