Afghan commandos board an Afghan National Air Force MI-17 helicopter at a landing zone in Herat province near Camp Lawton, Afghanistan, a coalition site, Oct. 29, 2011. The Afghan commandos and airmen conducted air and ground training to support future operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dayan Neely)
CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan (November 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.”