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    Afghan Civilians and International Security Assistance Force soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan



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    International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs

    KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 16 Afghan civilians and two International Security Assistance Force soldiers were killed, and more than 30 other civilians wounded, as a result of a suicide improvised explosive device attack yesterday in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

    "On behalf of ISAF, I offer our deep sympathies to the families — Afghan and ISAF alike — who have lost loved ones today," said Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette, ISAF spokesperson.

    "The insurgents repeatedly and intentionally harm the innocent Afghans we are committed to protecting, in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This senseless act of violence was committed with the full knowledge that a large number of Afghan lives would be lost. Afghan and international forces will not be deterred by these irrational insurgent tactics."

    It is ISAF policy not to release the nationality of any ISAF casualties prior to the relevant national authority doing so.

    Next of kin have been notified.



    Date Taken: 05.08.2009
    Date Posted: 05.08.2009 07:31
    Story ID: 33373
    Location: KABUL, AF

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