13 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-709

Taliban injure civilians during attack on ISAF troops

KABUL, Afghanistan – A family of seven was injured by a Taliban attack on an ISAF base in the Sangin District of Helmand Province yesterday afternoon.

The family of five children and two adults were threatened by the Taliban before the attack on the ISAF base and forced to lock themselves into their compound, out of fear for their own safety.

The family were then injured by fire from the Taliban which missed the targeted ISAF base and instead landed in their compound. They came to the ISAF base in Sangin seeking medical care. After receiving treatment from medical staff at the base they were taken by helicopter to the ISAF hospital at Camp Bastion for further medical treatment.

“This is another example of the despicable tactics that the Taliban are using; they are intimidating and harassing ordinary Afghan people who are trying to get on with their lives,” said Commander Paula Rowe, Spokesperson for ISAF Task Force Helmand.

“The Taliban are trying to create fear and chaos yet people know that they offer neither a future nor any hope for Afghanistan or its people. This shows, yet again, that the Taliban have a total and blatant disregard for Afghan life. 

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