01 Feb. 2009
PR# 2009-101

Local Afghan casualties in Nad Ali

KABUL, Afghanistan - On January 31, ISAF forces from Patrol Base Bandit, in the Nad Ali district of Helmand Province, came under attack from enemy forces firing from positions inside a local compound.  The enemy initiated the attack on the Patrol Base using Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers supported by various other weapons. ISAF troops, being under immediate threat, directed accurate fire into the enemy position.  During the incident troops clearly identified eight enemy combatants and a firing point.

Following the engagement, ISAF forces secured the compound and helped with the extraction and treatment of casualties. A search of the compound revealed killed insurgents lying alongside their RPG launchers, empty ammunition cases and tunnels leading away from the back of the compound.

Unfortunately, two children were killed and three local Afghan adults were injured during the incident. The three civilian casualties were treated by ISAF medics and then evacuated by an ISAF helicopter, then by ambulance to a local hospital. The dead and injured came from within the compound that the enemy forces had used to launch their attack. It is thought that the civilians were detained inside the compound by the enemy forces.

Commander Paula Rowe, Spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, said: “This is another example of the despicable tactics that the Taliban are using. They intentionally used local housing to instigate attacks against ISAF forces, putting local families and communities at significant risk. In this case their deliberate, cowardly and irresponsible actions have directly contributed to the death of two local children and injuries to three adults. This shows yet again that the Taliban have a total and unashamed disregard for Afghan lives.”

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