8 May 2007

PR# 2007-360

Local workers injured in ambush in Kandahar City

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Earlier today, one civilian was killed and two were wounded when they were caught in a crossfire resulting from a Taliban extremist ambush on an ISAF convoy to the east of Kandahar City.

The ambush occurred as a convoy of ISAF vehicles was passing through a civilian area. The attack was initiated by several RPG (rocket propelled grenade) attacks, followed by heavy-caliber small arms fire. 

ISAF soldiers returned fire and moved out of the area.  The scene of the incident was subsequently secured by the ANP (Afghan National Police), and a full investigation has been initiated.

“Taliban extremists initiated this incident.  They chose the time and location of the attack, deliberately putting the lives of civilians at risk,” said Lt Col Mike Smith, spokesman for Regional Command South. “ISAF soldiers go to great lengths to minimise the risk to civilians but this incident will be fully investigated by the Afghan National Police, supported by ISAF.”

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