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Low-flying bomber disperses mob
Tornado GR4 bomber
The two Tornado GR4 bombers were on a routine sortie
Tornado bombers came to the aid of Scottish troops surrounded by an angry mob in Iraq.

One of the aircraft screamed just 250ft overhead to scare off the crowd beseiging three Warrior armoured vehicles in Al Amarah.

The two RAF Lossiemouth-based GR4 jets were on a routine sortie when the pilots were diverted to the city.

The mob fled and the detachment from the 1st Battalion The Highlanders were able to leave the scene.

RAF and Army officers revealed details of the incident on Friday.

The aircraft from 12 (Bomber) Squadron are on a tour of the Gulf and are based in Al Udeid, Qatar.

The Highlanders were on a routine patrol in Al Amarah when a gunman opened fire on one of the Warriors. Several rounds hit the turret.

Moments later a crowd of up to 50 people gathered around the vehicles and the detachment commander called for air support.

Squadron Leader Jonny Moreton said: "After coordinating with the troops on the ground, it was decided that the best way to disperse the crowd and prevent the potential escalation of the incident was for the Tornados to demonstrate our presence in the area."

A Tornado flew 250ft over the crowd causing people to run for cover.

Captain Alex Logie, the Warrior patrol commander, said the support from the RAF stopped the possibility further violence.

He said: "The support we got from the Tornados was excellent and their timely intervention was very effective in terms of preventing the situation escalating and allowed us to continue with our task."

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