ANSF, Coalition forces attack an IED cell in Helmand
Written by Headquarters United States Forces Afghanistan   
Monday, 22 December 2008

Release Number: 20082212-02

December 22, 2008

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces and Coalition forces, responding to an IED explosion, were engaged by and killed one insurgent in Nahr Surkh district, Helmand province, Dec. 21.

An Afghan man driving a tractor was seriously wounded when the tractor struck an IED. Upon arriving at the scene insurgents attacked the combined forces with small-arms fire. The combined forces responded with organic weapons, killing one.

Coalition forces evacuated the civilian to a medical facility where he remains in critical condition.

No ANSF or Coalition casualties were reported.

“All these IEDs do is injure innocent Afghans,” said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, Chief spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense. “The continuing partnership between the Afghan military and Coalition forces will decrease the influence of these enemies of peace.”