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British marine revealed to be ‘world’s deadliest sniper’

Most of the kills from the unnamed marksman were racked up during a six-month tour of Afghanistan

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With 173 confirmed enemy kills, the world’s deadliest sniper is a British Royal Marine – with 90 of his hits taking place in a single day, UK-based tabloid The Sun reported on Sunday.

Most of the kills from the unnamed marksman were racked up during a six-month tour of Afghanistan, the tabloid reported.

The death toll puts the corporal ahead of U.S. Navy SEAL commando Chris Kyle, who has 160 kills to his name. Kyle, who was killed in 2013 by an Iraq war veteran who reportedly suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, is the subject of 2014 action biopic American Sniper - which has courted controversy in the Arab world.

No boasts

The British sniper, who is said to be married and from the south of the country, “will never talk about it unless he is challenged directly, then he is never boastful of what has happened — but he is not ashamed either,” a source quoted by The Sun said.

The sniper “always saw the men between the cross hairs as humans not as targets” and his title is not something “he would seek out or revel in,” the source added.

American Sniper, which revolves around the exploits of the American Navy Seal during the U.S. occupation of Iraq, has made more than $200 million at the box office, and been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor.

Last week, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama praised the movie, describing it as “a complex, emotional depiction” of the experiences of Iraq war military veterans.

Critics, on the other side, have slammed the film for whitewashing the war, glorifying violence and inciting anti-Muslim sentiment.