22 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-331

ISAF rescues children injured by UXO explosion

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in Zabul province provided emergency medical care to three children who were tragically injured in an explosion 20 April while playing near their home. 

The three children, ages 4, 6 and 7, disturbed some unexploded ordnance (UXO) and suffered wounds to their lower limbs and abdomen when the ordnance detonated.  ISAF troops quickly arrived on the scene and evacuated the children to an ISAF medical facility for treatment.  An ISAF surgical team operated on the three children who are in stable condition.  ISAF troops then carried out a search of the area and removed other UXO and an improvised explosive device (IED).

“This was a tragic accident which highlights the dangers posed by UXOs and IEDs planted by Taliban extremists”, said Lieutenant Colonel Grenier, Regional Command South spokesperson. “We would ask that if anybody finds UXO or a suspected IED, they do not approach or try to remove it.  Instead, they should contact the Afghan National Police who will take the necessary steps to make the area safe and eliminate the threat.” he added.

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