Insurgent Attacks in Uruzgan Fail to Kill Officials

The Aus­tralian Defence Force con­demns the Tal­iban attacks aimed at civil­ians and that were intend­ed to kill the Uruz­gan Provin­cial Gov­er­nor, his Deputy and a local secu­ri­ty chief yes­ter­day.

The attacks failed and all three local lead­ers remain alive as a result of the Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces respond­ing quick­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly to the insur­gent action. 

Just after mid­day yes­ter­day (28 July 2011) the com­pounds of the Provin­cial Gov­er­nor and a local secu­ri­ty chief were attacked with a num­ber of vehi­cle-borne Impro­vised Explo­sive Devices (IEDs) and sui­cide bombers, fol­lowed by insur­gents using small arms and rock­et pro­pelled grenades. 

In a sep­a­rate attack on Matiul­lah Khan’s com­pound, two sui­cide bombers acti­vat­ed their devices when Unit­ed States troops entered the com­pound. The US sol­diers only suf­fered rel­a­tive­ly minor injuries and are being treat­ed at the Role 2 mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal at Mul­ti Nation­al Base — Tarin Kot (MNB-TK).

Two Afghan Nation­al Police offi­cers were killed and approx­i­mate­ly six Afghan secu­ri­ty force per­son­nel were wound­ed in the attacks. No Aus­tralian per­son­nel were killed or wound­ed in the attacks. 

The Com­man­der of Aus­tralian troops deployed to the Mid­dle East, Major Gen­er­al Angus Camp­bell, said the insur­gents con­tin­ued to demon­strate their inten­tion to kill the cit­i­zens of Uruz­gan as part of their cam­paign to under­mine secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty in the province. 

Hard-line ele­ments of the insur­gency con­tin­ue to pur­sue their cam­paign through vio­lence and attempt­ed tar­get­ed killings. Yes­ter­day they paid a heavy price for their ambi­tions with all insur­gents killed while fail­ing to achieve their mis­sion,” Major Gen­er­al Camp­bell said. 

Sad­ly, while casu­al­ty esti­mates are still not yet con­firmed, it is report­ed that a num­ber of chil­dren may be amongst those killed and injured. One of the locals killed was a promi­nent jour­nal­ist and our con­do­lences go to all the fam­i­lies in Tarin Kot that have been affect­ed by the insur­gents’ attacks.” 

Afghan Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Forces pro­tect­ed the Provin­cial Gov­er­nor, Omar Shirzad and the Deputy Gov­er­nor, Kho­dai Rahim Khan while respond­ing to the insur­gent attacks. They shot and killed one of the sui­cide bombers while a sec­ond sui­cide bomber acti­vat­ed his device with­out caus­ing fur­ther casu­al­ties. The inci­dent was effec­tive­ly coor­di­nat­ed by an Afghan Nation­al Army offi­cer at the Oper­a­tions Coor­di­na­tion Centre. 

No attacks were con­duct­ed against the ISAF base how­ev­er there was a pre­cau­tion­ary change in force pro­tec­tion measures. 

Media Con­tact:

Defence Media Oper­a­tions: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

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

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