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British Soldier Kidnapped, Escaped in Kuwait

Holy Smokes! Have you seen this?

Kidnapped British soldier leaps off balcony to freedom
A British soldier who was kidnapped by Muslim fanatics in Kuwait leapt from a balcony to escape his captors.

By Ben Leach
Published: 9:26AM BST 27 Aug 2009
Private Peter Walker was ambushed by five men wielding knives in Kuwait City before being beaten up and bundled into a building.

Pte Walker, in his mid-20s, was then left alone while his captors talked into mobile phones. The soldier, who had gone for a pizza in civilian clothes, struggled free and scrambled up a flight of steps – to find he was trapped on the first floor.

He then jumped off the balcony as the gang chased after him and managed to land safely before running to safety through the streets below.

Pte Walker, who was serving with 59 Movement Control Squadron, 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, in Iraq before the pull-out of British troops in May, is back in Britain after the ordeal last Sunday.

It is believed the gang pounced after they heard him speak English. A source told The Sun: “Pte Walker had gone out to the local pizza shop but found it closed.

“He was ambushed by five men. He feared they were going to sell him on to terrorists. They were all talking on mobiles. Pte Walker tried to speak to them in English but they blanked him.

“He ran up the stairs and had no option but to jump off the balcony. If he hadn’t escaped he could have been held to ransom or beheaded by terrorists.”

The Ministry of Defence said that Kuwaiti police and the Royal Military Police are investigating.

This is what really happened:

The soldier was part of the UK’s team at KIA looking after RAF aircraft going in and out of Kuwait. The detachment is due to withdraw in September and they had a “farewell” party last Saturday (the first full day of Ramadan). There was alcohol at the party!

The soldier was at the party and in the early hours (0530 hrs) of the following morning decided he wanted pizza. He took a vehicle from the detachments villa in Mesilla and went to Dominos Pizza (off the 207/30). He found the shop closed (hardly surprising as it was after dawn during Ramadan). He looked around the shop, was banging on the door and then tried to force the door open. He was seen by some locals who intervened. Things became heated and the locals tried to detain the soldier and called the police. The soldier put up a fight and was put into the harris’ room in the adjoining flats.

Whilst in “custody” the soldier picked up a bottle of water and drank it!

The soldier got out of the room (he certainly didn’t jump from a balcony), got to his car and drove back to the villa. On the way back he hit several other cars.

On returning to the villa his CO was informed what happened and the police arrived at about the same time.

The MP’s and police did not believe that this was a kidnapping and no charges will be bought against the locals. The soldier was repatriated to the UK last Monday and will face charges.

There is no way that this soldier is a hero. He is young and immature and should never have been allowed to serve in such an environment.

August 29, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Crime, Cultural, Kuwait, News


  1. How do you know what happened?

    Comment by usure | August 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. I heard that the British Embassy denied this story the day after the article was published. The fact that The Sun also reported it makes me almost certain it’s rubbish.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | August 30, 2009 | Reply

    • The account given in the latter half of this page is true and not what the article says. It is believed that his girlfriend reported to the news outlets what had “happened”

      Comment by BoB | August 19, 2020 | Reply

  3. BoB, this post is so old I don’t even remember posting it. Thanks for the memory.

    Comment by P | August 19, 2020 | Reply

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