28 Jun 2007

PR# 2007-487

Suicide bomber kills 1 Afghan civilian in Paktika

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – One Afghan citizen was killed today and six other people were wounded when a suicide car bomb detonated near an ISAF convoy in Orgun-E in Paktika province.

Two ISAF soldiers were among those injured in the attack, along with an interpreter working with ISAF and three Afghan civilians.  ISAF personnel treated the six wounded individuals at the scene, then medically evacuated them to an ISAF medical treatment facility for additional care. 

“This is just another example of the enemy of Afghanistan carrying out attacks without regard for civilian lives,” said Dr. Akram Khalpalwak, Paktika province governor. “This is a despicable act that goes against our religious and cultural beliefs, it is forbidden by Islam.”

Initial reports indicate that a transport truck, carrying wood, drove into the convoy and exploded as it returned from a road construction project.

“They hide themselves [Taliban] amongst the hard working people of Paktika, in order to carry out their un-Islamic acts against our families, our security forces, and workers who are bringing hope and opportunity to this province,” said Khalpalwak.  “They bring shame on the brave Afghan community.”

“We are sorry for the loss and injury of the Afghan civilians injured in the cowardly attack.  The civilian killed today is as much a hero as any other soldier, defending their land against terrorists and murderers,” said Col. Martin P. Schweitzer, ISAF commander in Paktika.  “To attack these heroes, who are bringing the infrastructure and projects that the local people have requested from their government, is nothing short of cold-blooded murder against the people of Afghanistan.” 

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