Afghanistan – Rocket attack on Australian forces at Kandahar airfield

The Multi-National Base at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan came under insurgent rocket attack late Monday evening.

Rockets struck the Kandahar Airfield, with one causing minor damage to an Australian facility. There were no Australian casualties as a result of the attack.

Deputy Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East, Commodore Roger Boyce said that Australian Forces are well prepared for such attacks and that the minor damage will have no effect on operational capabilities.

“Coalition and Australian Forces in Kandahar receive occasional in-direct fire from insurgents,” Commodore Boyce said.

“The attacks last night caused only minor damage to a protected facility and will have no effect on the continuity of Australian and Coalition operations in Kandahar.

“Specific details of the incident will not be released as this would provide insurgents with information to assist them in future attacks and jeopardise the lives of Australian and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan.”

The ADF incorporates a range of procedures that reinforce the multiple layers of physical protection available to our deployed forces in order to combat the threat of rocket attacks.

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia