15 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-105

Village attacked by Taliban extremists during Shura with ISAF and ANA

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – At 10:30 a.m. Afghanistan National Army and ISAF  forces were attending a Shura with Village Elders in Haji Amin Kalay, a village west of Garmsir, when Taliban extremists attacked the village using mortars.

ISAF and ANA forces immediately started to evacuate the village. ISAF forces providing security for the Shura identified the mortar firing point and engaged the enemy who withdrew from the area. No ISAF rounds were targeted onto the village.

Regrettably during the enemy attack on the village, one woman was killed and her child suffered shrapnel wounds. The child and his father were immediately evacuated to the nearest ISAF medical facility for treatment. The child’s condition is unknown at this time.

A further four civilians received minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.

“ISAF and ANA were conducting a peaceful Shura with the people of Haji Amin Kalay, specifically to offer help to those who have been disrupted by Taliban extremists in the Garmsir area,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Rory Bruce, Task Force Helmand spokesperson. “Once again, this demonstrates the complete disregard the enemy has for lives of local people.”

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