Coalition Commander Condemns Insurgent Attacks

CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, 2011 — The com­man­der of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force’s Region­al Com­mand North con­demned yesterday’s insur­gent sui­cide attack near the office of a local leader in Afghanistan’s Bagh­lan province.

Despite the holy days of Eid ul Adha, insur­gents have recent­ly con­duct­ed two sui­cide attacks on inno­cent civil­ians, Ger­man Army Maj. Gen. Markus Kneip said.

Yesterday’s attack occurred near the office of Mul­lah Allam, a mem­ber of the Loya Jir­ga. Secu­ri­ty forces shot the insur­gent as he was attempt­ing to enter the office. The insur­gent then blew him­self up.

Six Afghan secu­ri­ty force mem­bers were injured in the attack. ISAF med­ical teams pro­vid­ed treat­ment to the injured, which were trans­port­ed to local med­ical facil­i­ties.

A Nov. 6 insur­gent bomb­ing occurred out­side a mosque in Bagh­lan province. These attacks, Kneip said, came just days after Mul­lah Omar stat­ed in his EID mes­sage that the Tal­iban should preach pro­tec­tion of civil­ian life, wealth and hon­or to muja­hedin and pro­mote virtue.

“These attacks dis­play the lack of respect for the lives of inno­cent Afghans,” Kneip said. “Instead of cel­e­brat­ing, there are fam­i­lies who are mourn­ing today. Our con­do­lences go out to the fam­i­lies of the inno­cent vic­tims killed and wound­ed in these hor­ri­ble acts.”

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release