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Press Release | Sept. 27, 2017

Insurgents Attack Near Hamid Karzai International Airport, Using Civilians as Shield and Cover

RS Public Affairs Office




KABUL, Afghanistan, September 27, 2017 – During a failed attack today, insurgents fired several rounds of high-explosive ammunition, including mortars, into the vicinity of Hamid Karzai International Airport and detonated suicide vests endangering a great number of civilians.


The Afghan Crisis Response Unit 222 responded quickly to confront the attackers and end the assault.  U.S. forces acting in support conducted an airstrike. Tragically, one of the missiles malfunctioned, causing several casualties.


Resolute Support deeply regrets the harm to non-combatants. We take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties, even as the enemies of Afghanistan continue to operate in locations that deliberately put civilians at very high risk.


An investigation into the attack and the malfunctioning ammunition has begun. More details about the attack will be made available in the days to follow.