The deadliest incident occurred in Nadir Shah Kot district, Khost province, around noon today, when an insurgent threw a grenade at ANA vehicles as they were moving through a busy local market. The explosion injured 17 civilians, including one woman and four children. All wounded civilians were transported to nearby medical facilities for care.
The Khost Provincial Governor, Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, condemned the act of the enemies of Islam and the people of Afghanistan with the strongest terms.
“Once again, the insurgents, the enemies of Islam and humanity, with their satanic, terroristic and cowardly act, wounded innocent civilians, including women and children and put more ordinary families of Afghanistan in mourning,” said Naeemi. “The enemies of Islam, peace and humanity ... want to disturb public civil order and create fear and violence among people, and with that they want to serve their inauspicious purposes.”
Despite the efforts of the enemies of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, ISAF forces in eastern Afghanistan remain committed to partnering with their Afghan National Security Forces counterparts to secure a stable and prosperous future for the Afghan people.
“The noble citizens of Khost and Afghan security forces will work together and will not allow anyone to distort the security or disturb the public civil order in Khost,” said Naeemi.