Afghanistan — Rocket Attack on Australian Forces at Tarin Kowt

The coali­tion mil­i­tary base at Tarin Kowt came under insur­gent rock­et attack in the ear­ly hours of Thurs­day the 6th of May.

Three rock­ets were fired at the base short­ly after mid­night with no sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. There were no Aus­tralian casu­al­ties as a result of the attack.

A non-Aus­tralian civil­ian con­trac­tor suf­fered a wound to the foot.

Deputy Com­man­der of Aus­tralian Forces in the Mid­dle East, Com­modore Roger Boyce, said Coali­tion and Aus­tralian Forces in Tarin Kowt receive occa­sion­al indi­rect rock­et fire from insur­gents, with this the sec­ond rock­et attack in the last two weeks.

“There was no sig­nif­i­cant dam­age from yesterday’s rock­et attack and it will have no effect on the con­ti­nu­ity of Aus­tralian and Coali­tion oper­a­tions in Oruz­gan,” Com­modore Boyce said.

“Spe­cif­ic details regard­ing 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 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 Note: For more infor­ma­tion on the Aus­tralian Defence Force’s oper­a­tions in Afghanistan go to: http://www.defence/gov/au/op/afghanistan/index.htm.

Media Con­tact: Defence Media Liai­son: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

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