19 Aug. 2008
PR# 2008-411

Afghan interpreter killed and Afghan child seriously wounded by a suicide bomb in Kandahar province

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan interpreter was killed today by a suicide bomb attack on a joint ANSF and ISAF security patrol in Panjwayi District August 18.

One Afghan child was seriously injured and an ISAF soldier was also wounded in the attack, which took place near the outskirts of Bazaar-e-Panjwayi.

ANSF and ISAF elements secured the scene while the casualties were taken to a nearby Forward Operating Base. The casualties were then evacuated by helicopter to Kandahar Air Field’s Multi-National Medical Facility for further treatment.

The thoughts and prayers of ISAF are with the family and friends of the interpreter who was killed in this incident and those who were injured.

ISAF condemns this attack which was carried out close to a busy marketplace and in the presence of innocent civilian bystanders.  This reprehensible act demonstrates that the Taliban will strike out at any target, even in areas with Afghan women and children present, and they do so without thought or remorse.

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/