A drug dealer who lied about his background to seek asylum in Britain was blasted to death by a masked gunman.

Mohammad Kalban, 29, of Birkby, was shot in the chest as he sat in the back of a high-powered 4x4, an inquest heard yesterday.

Iranian-born Mr Kalban, known locally as ‘Mo’, jumped out of the Audi Q7 and tried to chase the gunman.

He collapsed just yards away and he was picked up by the Audi and driven to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he died a short time later.

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The attack, which police believe was targeted at Mr Kalban, happened in Brook Street, Thornton Lodge, on April 3, 2009.

Police said that “numerous arrests” had been made but Mr Kalban’s killer remained at large.

The Huddersfield inquest was told that witnesses had failed to co-operate fully with police and that many people in the local community were likely to know who was responsible.

Kirklees assistant deputy coroner Oliver Longstaff recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Det Insp Lloyd Batley, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, told the inquest Mr Kalban was born in Iran and was one of eight children.

In 2001 he went to Greece via Turkey and was jailed for three months for entering the country illegally.

From Greece he went to Germany, claimed asylum but was refused.

He returned to Greece then went to the UK giving the false name Jasem Asakerh.

He said he was from Iraq and claimed asylum. He was allowed leave to stay and was given accommodation in Huddersfield.

Mr Batley said Mr Kalban was “known to police” and added: “Mr Kalban was involved in the local drugs scene and began dealing in drugs on a regular basis.”

The day before he died he had appeared in court on charges of attempted kidnap and grievous bodily harm, though it was not known whether the attack was linked to those charges.

Mr Kalban was in the back of the Audi in the early hours when the attack took place.

There were four others in the car and a man sat next to him in the back was also injured as pellets from the shot which killed Mr Kalban struck him in the leg.

Mr Batley said the Audi had only been in Brook Street a short time when the masked gunman, armed with a double-barreled shotgun, approached and fired two shots.

One was fired into the back of the car, shattering a side window. The other appeared to miss.

Mr Batley said Mr Kalban tried to chase the gunman but collapsed.

The other injured man fled to his sister’s home – losing a shoe – and also ended up in hospital shortly afterwards.

Mr Batley added: “It has been a lengthy and extensive inquiry with numerous arrests having been made.

“It’s fair to say that without fresh information it is unlikely that further arrests will be made at this stage.

“From the outset there were several witnesses who were reluctant to give evidence.

“It had all the hallmarks of a targeted attack.”

A post-mortem found that Mr Kalban died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

He had been drinking alcohol and taking cannabis and other ‘soft’ drugs.

A stock and cartridges from the gun were found at the scene but the weapon has not been recovered.

Summing up, Mr Longstaff said: “It is hoped that one day the inquiry will bear fruit.”

The inquest was attended by Mr Kalban’s sister.

Afterwards she declined to be named and, through an interpreter, appealed for anyone who knows the killer to come forward.

Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.