24 Nov 2007

PR# 2007-719

One ISAF soldier killed, three wounded, along with Afghan civilians during suicide attack

KABUL, Afghanistan – One ISAF soldier was killed and three others were wounded during a suicide attack in the Paghman District of Kabul this morning.

In addition to ISAF casualties, 9 civilians, six of whom are children, died and 9 civilians were also injured. The wounded were evacuated to an ISAF medical facility in Kabul.

The ISAF forces were opening a bridge to enhance traffic flow to the Afghan population. The suicide attacker moved wearing civilian clothing along the river.  Once spotted, ISAF personnel moved in to question the individual when the insurgent detonated himself.

"We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our wounded and killed soldiers and our Afghan hosts by this senseless act of violence," said Brig. Gen. Branco, ISAF spokesperson. "Many of the victims have been children, the most innocent and the most defenseless of all possible targets. Nothing can justify this extremely perfidious act of cowardice. This is another example that the Taliban extremists forcefully oppose efforts to improve the life of the Afghan people and it is they who must be held responsible for bringing violence to the Afghan women and children.  The use of suicide bombers is a clear demonstration of how extremists care for and respect the Afghan population. But these brutal and criminal acts against the basic human values do not deter ISAF of its enduring commitment with the people of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.” 

Taliban have claimed responsibility for this attack according to media sources.

In accordance with ISAF policy, the name and nationality of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

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/