24 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-227

Insurgents kill two Afghans at Zormat bazaar

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (24 March) – Taliban extremists killed two Afghan civilians last night at the local bazaar in Paktya province, March 22. 

At approximately 5 p.m., Afghan National Police received a call about possible enemy harassment and activity at a nearby market in Zormat.  A joint Afghan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Force patrol was sent to the market at the request of the local government. 

This joint security patrol was engaged by direct fire. The 15-20 extremists then fled, after killing two Afghans who were at the bazaar. 

ANSF injured one enemy member in the firefight.  The extremist is being treated for his wounds and is being detained by the ANSF.  “ANSF and ISAF soldiers were responding to a call for assistance from the local people, when they came under attack,” said Maj. Donald A. Korpi, a Regional Command-East spokesman.

“The extremists continue to put innocent civilians in danger as they attempt to use fear and intimidation to influence the local populace,” said Korpi. “The ANSF are professional soldiers and law enforcement officers who take every reasonable measure possible to protect human life and safeguard civilians.”

There were no injuries to ANSF or ISAF personnel in the engagement.

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