30 Sep. 2009
PR# 2009-727

Operational Update: ISAF Assists Afghans Struck by IED; Militants Detained in Nangahar Province; ISAF Member Killed

KABUL, Afghanistan - An improvised explosive device detonated beneath an Afghan passenger bus Sept. 29, in Kandahar province killing several Afghan adults and children and wounding many more.

Afghan and International Security Assistance Force medical personnel treated casualties at the site of the blast and provided helicopter evacuation to a local medical facility for seriously wounded civilians.

"ISAF is continually adjusting our operations to better protect Afghan civilians, and acts like this sadden us tremendously." said Col. Wayne Shanks, an ISAF spokesperson.

"We will do everything we can to assist the Afghan National Security Force to treat the people who were injured."

Militants Detained

An Afghan and international security force detained suspected militants today after conducting a compound search in Nangahar province known to be used by a key insurgent facilitator responsible for supplying transportation to other militant elements.

The operation was conducted without incident. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

ISAF Casualties

One U.S. service member was killed today in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan.

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/