Afghan translator used by British Army shot at in Afghanistan Kabul

Britain's longest-serving Afghan military interpreter has been attacked by suspected Taliban gunmen after being refused sanctuary in the UK.

Two men opened fire with a pistol from ten yards away as the 34-year-old translator, known as Ricky, returned home in his car in the Afghan capital of Kabul, hitting the vehicle four times.

Ricky jumped clear and ran inside his house to get his own weapon. One bullet hit the seat where seconds earlier he had been sitting. 

He said: 'I was very lucky. Someone was trying to kill me – I believe it was the Taliban or Islamic State because of my work for the British forces. I ran inside for my shotgun and fired two shots into the air.

'I then went to my roof to see if I could see them but witnesses who saw the attack said the men disappeared at the end of the road. It is very worrying as it was clearly a targeted attack on me.'

Two men opened fire with a pistol from ten yards away as the 34-year-old translator, known as Ricky (pictured centre) returned home in his car in the Afghan capital of Kabul

Two men opened fire with a pistol from ten yards away as the 34-year-old translator, known as Ricky (pictured centre) returned home in his car in the Afghan capital of Kabul

The bullets hit the vehicle four times but missed him. Picture shows the damage done to outside of the car

The bullets hit the vehicle four times but missed him. Picture shows the damage done to outside of the car

The Mail's Betrayal of the Brave campaign has highlighted the plight of Ricky and others who have been denied sanctuary in Britain after helping our Armed

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