3 Oct. 2008
PR# 2008-509

ISAF provides medical care to injured boy

KABUL, Afghanistan - The ANSF came under rocket attack early October 3, launched by insurgents near Garmsir in Helmand province. The rocket exploded and missed ANSF forces, however, an 8-year-old local national boy was hit in the chest as the rocket fragmented.

The boy was taken to ISAF Patrol Base Masood, where he was treated by medics. He was then flown by helicopter to Lashkar Gar for further treatment. On the helicopter, the boy suffered a cardiac arrest, forcing the helicopter to promptly redirect to Camp Bastion where he could receive more immediate emergency treatment. Despite the medical care, unfortunately, the boy did not survive his injuries.

“Yet again the insurgents have shown their callous disregard for Afghan life,” said Brigadier General Richard Blanchette, ISAF spokesman. “The needless death of this child, despite the efforts of ISAF soldiers to save him, was caused by the hostile actions of the enemies of Afghanistan, and his family and friends will remember this.”

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