29 Apr. 2008

PR# 2008-169

District center, ANP attacked in Nangarhar

ISAF soldiers prepare to move casualties from an Afghan National Army Air Corps MEDEVAC helicopter Apr. 29 at Jalalabad Airfield in Nangarhar province.

KABUL, Afghanistan – A number of casualties were evacuated today by ISAF aircraft as well as aircraft from the Afghan National Army Air Corps. This marks the first point-of-injury air evacuation mission for the Air Corps in the Nangarhar province.

ISAF and the Afghan National Air Corps evacuated the casualties to multiple medical treatment facilities in Regional Command-East.

The Afghan National Army Air Corps and ISAF worked together to save lives in the aftermath of an insurgent attack on civilians and Afghan National Police (ANP) at the Khogyani District Center, Nangarhar province prior to the evacuation.

During the attack, initial reports indicated that a number of ANP were killed and wounded with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades at an ANP station near the district center.

Shortly thereafter, a suicide bomber killed and injured civilians in the crowded district center.

“This attack was a pointless act that will not stop the prosperity of the Afghan people. It demonstrates that insurgents only offer death and despair,” said Major General Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of Regional Command-East in Afghanistan. “Attacks on centers of progress are attacks on every Afghan’s future.”

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