6 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-020

ISAF soldiers prevent vehicle borne suicide bomb attack

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Yesterday, ISAF soldiers prevented a vehicle borne suicide bomb attack in the Bermel district of Paktika province.

A truck approached an ISAF combat outpost construction site at high speed.  Troops guarding the gate signalled for the driver of the vehicle to stop.  After he failed to heed the warnings, the soldiers opened fire.  The vehicle collided and stopped in the outer barrier of the outpost and then exploded.  Five ISAF troops were injured in this explosion.

The casualties were transported to an ISAF medical facility for treatment.  Afghan civilians at a nearby bazaar were unharmed.

“Our soldiers responded appropriately with the correct escalation of force in self defence used to prevent this truck from gaining closer access to the site.  That it turned out to be a vehicle packed with explosives driven by an insurgent shows the good sense and training of the soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, Regional Command-East's spokesperson.  “Their actions protected the lives of their fellow soldiers and Afghan civilians nearby.  We are praying for the speedy recovery of our soldiers wounded in this brutal attack.”

Suicide bombers in Afghanistan were responsible for the deaths of 206 civilians and the injury of 460 in 2006.  The response of ISAF soldiers prevented the needless loss to Afghan civilians yesterday.

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