By Sean Rayment
"Afghanistan is rather like Iraq—hot, dusty, and whole of people that are looking to kill you."
SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face demise on a daily basis within the most deadly sector of the main deadly state on earth—Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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Bomb Hunters: In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit by Sean Rayment