28 Apr 2007

PR# 2007-343

ISAF treats more civilian victims of IEDs, UXOs

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) medics in both Kandahar and Uruzgan provided emergency medical care to a number of civilians injured by either Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by insurgent extremists this week. 

In the past two days there have been three separate incidents in Kandahar resulting in the deaths of three young children, and serious injuring to a 21-year-old male and a 13-year-old boy.  The two injured Afghans are now being treated by ISAF medics at Kandahar Air Field.

Over the last 12 months, more than 250 civilians have been killed or injured as a result of UXO, IED or suicide bombers in southern Afghanistan.  According to figures released 8 April by Handicap International, almost 10 percent of families in southern Afghanistan have at least one physically disabled person.  Many of them are the victims of land mines, UXOs or IEDs.

“The fact that so many civilians, including women and children, continue to be killed and injured regularly demonstrates the Taliban extremists do not care about the lives of the ordinary Afghan people.” said Lt. Col. Stephane Grenier, Regional Command-South spokesman. “If anyone finds a UXO or a suspected IED, he should not approach or try to remove it.  Contact the Afghan National Police and they will take the necessary steps to make the area safe and eliminate the threat.”

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