06 Jan 2008

PR# 2008-008

Insurgent attack leads to civilian deaths, casualties

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two civilians were found dead and five others injured in the aftermath of a clash between insurgents and ISAF forces that took place in Uruzgan Province the evening of Jan. 4.

Following an improvised explosive device strike, approximately 10 kilometers north of Tarin Kowt, ISAF troops were then attacked by insurgents. ISAF forces returned fire in self defence.

On the morning of Jan. 5, ISAF soldiers came back to the location of the engagement and discovered two dead civilians and five injured. The dead are a child and an adult; the injured included three children. It is not clear how they sustained their injuries. ISAF soldiers provided first aid and evacuated the injured children to a military hospital. Villagers took the remaining injured to a civilian hospital in Tarin Kowt.

ISAF sincerely regrets the loss of those civilians and is saddened that casualties were caused as a result of a deliberate attack against ISAF forces that was instigated by the insurgents.

“No matter the cause, we deeply regret the loss of innocent life and injuries sustained to the civilians," said Wing Commander Antony McCord, Regional Command South spokesperson. “We will continue to determine what happened.”

ISAF goes to great lengths to minimize the risk to the civilian population of Afghanistan and values every life. It is believed a number of insurgents were killed during the engagement. There were no ISAF casualties.

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