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Saved by a shamrock

This Ulster squaddie is thanking his lucky shamrock after he survived being blasted in the head by a Taliban sniper.

An enemy bullet tore through the shamrock regimental badge on Corporal Tommy Creighton’s helmet, narrowly missing his skull.

Married dad-of-one Tommy from Carrickfergus in Co Antrim said: “The round had struck me right on my shamrock badge, which I guess is very symbolic.

“When we got back to the patrol base the lads were all looking at the helmet and saying how lucky I was.”

The 25-year-old Royal Irish Regiment soldier told how he cheated death last night — just a week before Remembrance Day next Sunday.

His distraught mum Alison said: “If that bullet had gone a bit further, Tommy would have been one of the soldiers being mourned on Remembrance Day. Thank God he’s ok.”

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