21 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-684

ANSF, ISAF assist civilians after fire fight in Kunar

JALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Three civilians were killed and 11 others were wounded in Kunar Province during a fire fight between Taliban insurgents and ISAF forces.

Throughout the early morning on Oct. 20, elements of the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, and the ISAF identified and engaged insurgent forces with small arms, machineguns, close-air-support, and helicopter gun-ships.

Following the fighting, ANSF and ISAF forces were informed by elders that a number of insurgents and civilians had been killed or wounded in the fighting. 

Eleven civilian casualties were brought to ANSF and ISAF medics who immediately evacuated them to ISAF medical facilities for treatment.  

Eight of the civilian casualties were treated at ISAF medical facilities and released with minor injuries.  The remaining three civilian casualties and an escort from their family were moved to medical facilities at Bagram Air Base for further care.  They were listed in stable condition by medical personnel at the hospital.

There were no ANSF or ISAF service members wounded or killed during the fighting.

The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under review by Afghan authorities and ISAF forces as it is not clear whether the civilians were hit by Taliban or ISAF fire.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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