Saturday, May 16, 2009

OEF Update, May 16, 2009: Rocket Attack Kills 3, Wounds 4 Near FOB Salerno in Khowst Province

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 16, 2009 -- Insurgents launching an attack from Pakistan fired rockets in the area of Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst province May 15. The projectiles impacted at two sites outside the perimeter of the compound, killing at least three local civilians, injuring four, and damaging a local mosque.

A quick reaction force from Task Force Steel, based at FOB Salerno, was dispatched to assess the damage and assist the injured. The four wounded local civilians were evacuated to the compound, where they are being treated.

The attack caused no equipment damage or injuries to international forces.

Task force troops yesterday searched for additional survivors at both impact sites, and civilian casualty numbers may change. Updates will be provided as they become available.

(Report from a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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