The latest terrorist ploy was uncovered when a sentry shot one galloping towards a military camp in Helmand province.
There was a huge blast when a detonator connected to it’s rear was lit with a flare.
Major Jeremy Huntingsford of the Rifles regiment said: “The insurgents have really outdone themselves”.
The Taliban train their hamsters in special training camps on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah and are so feared by the Brits that they have been dubbed the ‘Talihamsters’.
“These Talihamsters sometimes rush at our base ten to a dozen at a time. We’re living in abject terror every day. They can sneak under the door you know, or the Taliban toss them over the walls with catapults,” Major Huntingsford added.