Afghanistan — Insurgents Attack Outpost in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2010 — Insur­gents con­duct­ed a vehi­cle-borne bomb­ing attack on an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force com­bat out­post west of Kan­da­har City in Afghanistan’s Kan­da­har province today.

The attack killed at least one Afghan civil­ian and injured sev­er­al oth­ers, includ­ing a child, ISAF offi­cials said. Sev­er­al ISAF and Afghan ser­vice­mem­bers were wound­ed in the attack.

“As ISAF forces part­ner with Afghan secu­ri­ty forces to deliv­er secu­ri­ty, we expect to be tar­gets of insur­gent attacks,” said Navy Capt. Jane Camp­bell, spokes­woman for ISAF Joint Com­mand. “But once again, we see that the insur­gents’ indis­crim­i­nate use of [impro­vised explo­sive devices] has killed and injured sev­er­al inno­cent civil­ians.”

Anoth­er insur­gent attack today that tar­get­ed a contractor’s com­pound in Afghanistan’s north­ern Kun­duz province report­ed­ly killed four peo­ple and wound­ed 10 oth­ers.

Afghan forces respond­ed to the scene to assist the vic­tims with help from ISAF troops, who are car­ing for injured civil­ians at a near­by ISAF base. There are no reports of injuries to ISAF forces.

The Kun­duz attack was an attempt to intim­i­date Afghans and mem­bers of the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty try­ing to improve the lives of all Afghans, Camp­bell said.

“This attack shows the insur­gents’ desire to pre­vent progress and draws atten­tion to their true goal of serv­ing them­selves rather than the peo­ple of Afghanistan,” she said. “We remain com­mit­ted to serv­ing along­side our Afghan part­ners to improve secu­ri­ty and devel­op­ment for all Afghans.”

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es