British soldiers wounded when a rogue Afghan policeman opened fire on them, killing five of their comrades, have spoken publicly for the first time of their miraculous survival.
The shootings at an Afghan National Police (ANP) checkpoint in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand Province on November 3 last year sent shockwaves through the Nato mission in Afghanistan.
The troops injured in the attack revealed how they feared they would be killed and pretended they were dead to escape the rampaging gunman.
Lance Corporal Liam Culverhouse, of the Grenadier Guards, said the policeman - who has been named only as Gulbuddin - shot him in both arms and legs as he tried to get away.
In an interview for a Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary, he said: "The guy came and checked that I was dead. I heard his footsteps and I could hear dust being kicked away from his feet. And then it stopped, and then it went back, so I don't know what he was doing at the time. I know he must have been checking I was dead because he stood over me.
"When I was playing dead, I was thinking he's going to shoot me again, he's going to shoot me again. But he didn't. So, I'm lucky, very lucky indeed."
The documentary shows the six soldiers wounded in the incident being flown back to Britain for treatment on board an RAF C-17 Globemaster.
Those killed in the shooting were Warrant Officer Class 1 Darren Chant, 40, Sergeant Matthew Telford, 37, and Guardsman Jimmy Major, 18, of the Grenadier Guards, and Corporal Steven Boote, 22, and Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith, 24, of the Royal Military Police.
Another of the wounded British soldiers, Guardsman Steve Loader, of the Grenadier Guards, recalled the horrific scenes in the documentary.
He said: "I have never, ever seen so much blood in my entire life, all over the floor, all over me, all over my legs, all over my hands. It's lumps of blood. I've never seen lumps of blood before like I did then. I don't know how we managed to get out of that situation and still manage to be here, all right, talking and walking."