13 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-677

ISAF assists Afghan Border Police and civilians after suicide bomber attack in Spin Boldak

KABUL, Afghanistan – Approximately 45 civilians and Afghan Border Police were attacked today when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated himself in the Spin Boldak district at 6:30 p.m.

Of these victims, there were two Afghan Border Police and seven Afghan civilians killed during the attack.

ISAF forces provided assistance with local authorities when they helped secure the area around the site of the explosion and also deployed emergency medical teams. 

Eleven of the injured have been evacuated by helicopter to ISAF medical facilities in the region.  The rest of the wounded were evacuated to the Spin Boldak hospital.

“Innocent civilians have been injured in this cowardly attack by Taliban insurgents during the religious festival of Eid ul-Fitr,” said Wg. Comm. Antony McCord, ISAF Regional Command South spokesman.  “These indiscriminate attacks on both civilians and Afghan Border Police are totally abhorrent and ISAF condemns them unreservedly."   

No ISAF personnel were injured in the incident.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/