18 Feb 2008

PR# 2008-074

Scores of Afghan civilians killed and injured in suicide bomber attack in Spin Boldak

KABUL, Afghanistan – Approximately 30 Afghan civilians were killed and almost as many were injured following a suicide bomber attack in southern Afghanistan today.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. an ISAF convoy was patrolling in the vicinity of the Pakistan border near Spin Boldak when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near the ISAF vehicles.

No ISAF soldiers were killed by the blast; however, three ISAF soldiers were wounded.  Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The ISAF forces assisted local Afghan authorities by providing immediate medical assistance to those injured in the blast and they also helped to secure the area.

Several wounded Afghans were evacuated to the ISAF base in the area to receive medical care, but most were taken to the civilian hospital in Spin Boldak.

“We strongly denounce this heartless act,” said Maj. Gen. Marc Lessard, Commander of Regional Command South.  “This indiscriminate attack shows the depths to which the insurgents will stoop in their efforts to destabilize this country and undo all the progress that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made thus far.”

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