SAS hero who shot dead terrorist in siege now lives quiet life in remote village

An SAS hero who shot dead a terrorist in a notorious siege inside the Iranian Embassy in the 80s is now leading a quiet life in a sleepy village in the UK.

Six gunmen occupied the embassy in Kensington and threatened to blow up the building and the 20 hostages held inside by noon unless their demands were met on that fateful day in May 1980.

A 23-year-old Robin Horsfall was part of the Special Air Service (SAS) team who stormed the building in front of the world's media and left a terrorist "like a bunch of rags on the floor".

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He told Wales Online that he remembered "walking forward into the fire-fight, the fear under control, my commitment to the task complete in the knowledge that I was ready, that I was the best man for the job".

Speaking from his new home in Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley, Robin said: "I was 23 and the kids we killed were maybe 26 or 27. When you look at them now as an old man you see them as the young men they were.

"I don't celebrate that we killed them. I celebrate that we saved 19 lives that day."

The 66-year-old joined the Army as a boy soldier aged just 15 then served in 2 Para in Northern Ireland during the mid-1970s before joining the SAS during the Falklands War and on subsequent counter-terrorist operations.

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The pensioner said he chose the quiet climes of Mountain Ash, around 20 miles north west of Cardiff, because it's what he and his wife Heather could afford after a stint living in the Czech Republic.

Although he left the SAS while still in his 20s Robin continued to work – firstly as Dodi Al-Fayed's bodyguard and then fighting as a mercenary in Sri Lanka in 1985 and Mozambique in 1990.

In between he acted as bodyguard to Rafic Hariri who was destined to become Prime Minister of Lebanon.

With four kids and a mortgage it was the need for money that drove Robin to become a mercenary in Mozambique, he said.

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