03 Mar 2008

PR# 2008-086

ISAF doctors treat Kabul
children injured by UXO

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF troops of Regional Command Capital provided emergency medical care to six children injured today in an unexploded ordnance (UXO) incident in Deh Sabz District, north of Kabul.

The children were immediately brought by their relatives to an ISAF hospital in Kabul for treatment.

Unfortunately, one child died of severe wounds caused by the explosion before reaching the medical facility. Three others received surgery and are now in stable condition. Doctors also treated two with minor injuries.

According to the first reports, the children found the UXO in the street and started playing with it when it detonated.

“This was a tragic accident which highlights the dangers posed by UXOs and IEDs, notwithstanding the awareness campaigns conducted by ISAF. Over the last four weeks, 10 children have already been treated at the French hospital for similar incidents,” said Lieutenant Marc Dejean, Regional Command Capital spokesperson. “We would ask that if anybody finds UXOs, they do not approach or try to remove it. Instead, they should contact the Afghan National Police who will take the necessary steps to make the area safe and eliminate the threat.”

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