Australia — Update on Insurgent Attacks in Uruzgan

Defence has updat­ed infor­ma­tion on the attacks on the com­pounds of the Provin­cial Gov­er­nor and a local secu­ri­ty chief in Uruz­gan Province on 28 July 2011.

Report­ing at this time indi­cates that 18 peo­ple were killed includ­ing 12 chil­dren, 4 adult civil­ians and 2 Afghan Nation­al Police offi­cers. Approx­i­mate­ly 52 peo­ple, includ­ing 35 civil­ians, were wound­ed in the attacks. No Aus­tralian per­son­nel were killed or wound­ed in the attacks. 

There have been reports that two pla­toons of Aus­tralian sol­diers were involved in the imme­di­ate response, how­ev­er this is incor­rect. A small num­ber of spe­cial­ist ADF per­son­nel respond­ed short­ly after the inci­dent to ensure there was no fur­ther dan­ger from explo­sive devices. 

They were sub­se­quent­ly sup­port­ed by an ADF Force Pro­tec­tion pla­toon. All of these mem­bers returned to Mul­ti-Nation­al Base — Tarin Kot (MNB-TK) before the end of the day. 

Dur­ing the evening of 28 July, an ADF secu­ri­ty pla­toon was deployed into Tarin Kot to the Governor’s com­pound to relieve US per­son­nel involved in pro­vid­ing secu­ri­ty at the inci­dent site. They remained in place overnight and were relieved in the ear­ly hours of 29 July (Afghan local time) by anoth­er secu­ri­ty platoon. 

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

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