Ant and Dec attacked by the Taliban in AfghanistanAnt and Dec have been given a terrifying insight into the courage shown by our troops in Afghanistan – after they came under rocket attack themselves. The petrified stars, in the war zone to present a Mirror Pride of Britain Award, had to dive for cover when the Taliban shelled Kandahar airport. Ant, 32, said: “It was pretty hairy – not something I’d like to experience again. “All the guys around us were pulling on body armour. “We couldn’t believe how close we were to being hit. It shows what our troops go through every day.” Dec, 33, said: “One minute everything was calm and the next the sirens were wailing.” Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly were waiting to catch a military flight when the Taliban attacked. The rocket, fired from the mountains near the Nato airfield, narrowly missed dozens of planes and buildings. Ant and Dec had spent a night under canvas with the troops at Kandahar following a visit to Britain’s Camp Bastion in Helmand Province. They made the trip to Bastion to present a Mirror Pride of Britain award to the Medical Emergency Response Team, who risk their lives daily to rescue wounded colleagues. Film of their visit will be a highlight of tomorrow night’s ceremony in London and will be shown on ITV on Wednesday. The MERT team went into action minutes after Ant and Dec arrived at Bastion, the UK command centre for the war against the Taliban. As news came through that 12 British troops and a soldier with the Afghan army had been wounded in a Taliban ambush, a MERT unit of doctors, nurses and paramedics boarded a helicopter and flew off. Ant told the camera: “It’s terrifying to think a load of British soldiers are injured a few miles from where we are now.” About 30 minutes later, the chopper returned with the wounded. Three were critical and five seriously injured. The Afghan soldier had died. The most badly injured were rushed straight into surgery. One had a leg wound, another had been shot in the head. The film captured wounded Lance Corporal Paul Ramsbottom, 30, telling how they were caught without cover by the ambush. All they could do was lie flat on the desert floor. Paul, hit by shrapnel, said: “We honestly all felt we were going to die. Some of the guys were shot up pretty bad but thanks to the guys who came for us we’re alive.” Army medic Ramesh Gurung, 29, who was with the patrol, suffered shrapnel wounds to his lower leg. But he managed to bandage the gaping wound before treating his injured colleagues. He told Ant: “There was a lot of blood and it was searing pain. “I pulled out my medical kit and patched it up. After I’d treated myself I got on with my job and tried to help the rest.” Ant was clearly moved. He said: “It’s unbelievable bravery and he’s so modest about it.” Later the stars were filmed meeting the MERT heroes of the rescue operation. Sgt Liz Shillito, 38, who accepted the Pride of Britain award on behalf of the team, admitted that serving on the front line can get “a bit hairy”. She added: “This morning the cab of the helicopter was shot at and the rotorblades were riddled with bullet holes. They are not ideal working conditions but without us there the guys on the ground would be in real trouble.” The MERT team have made more than 350 rescue missions in the last six months alone, rescuing more than 900 people. But a third of the Bastion medical team’s work is for the Afghan population. Ant and Dec were introduced to tiny Dauod, a seven-month-old baby found by British troops in a deserted village. The baby was treated for a fractured leg and reunited with an uncle, who said both of Dauod’s parents were dead. Also on the ward was 18-month-old orphan Salima, rescued by MERT after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach during a firefight that killed her pare玩时时彩_稳赚的方法如下 nts. Cradling the child to her chest, Sgt Laura Greaves, 28, told Dec: “When she’s fully fit she’ll probably be given to a local orphanage. Sadly there’s nothing else we can do for her but at least we were able to save her.” Ant and Dec later admitted they were left exhausted but exhilarated by their Afghan experience. Dec said: “It’s been an absolute privilege. We came because we were asked to give an award and we wanted to do it in person. “After today we know there’s no award that’s big enough for what they go through. But we hope that the Pride of Britain award gives them at least some recognition.” - THE top female police officer in south Afghanistan – Lieutenant- Colonel Malalai Kakar, 45 – was assassinated by gunmen in Kandahar yesterday.