8 May 2007

PR# 2007-359

Local driver injured in explosion in southern Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – An Afghan truck driver was injured May 7 following the explosion of an improvised explosive device outside the village of Howz-e Madad, approximately 12 kilometers west of Panjwayi.

International Security Assistance Force medical personnel treated the injured driver before being transferred to a medical facility for further treatment.

“The indiscriminate use of explosive devices by Taliban extremists has once again injured Afghan civilians,” said Lt. Col. Mike Smith, Regional Command South spokesman.  “Using civilians as a shield is a further example of the insurgents’ total disregard for the lives of ordinary Afghans.” 

Although ISAF soldiers had been engaged with Taliban extremists prior to the explosion, they were in the process of clearing the road when the explosion occurred.  Small arms fire followed the explosion.

Following the attack armed insurgents shielded themselves among the civilian population.  ISAF and Afghan National Army soldiers were able to engage the insurgents but only once the threat to civilians had passed.

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