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Insurgent attack on Camp Bastion, Helmand province

UNCLASSIFIED

2012-09-S-021
For Immediate Release

Insurgent attack on Camp Bastion, Helmand province

KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 15) – Nearly 20 insurgents infiltrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion in Helmand province yesterday and attacked International Security Assistance Force personnel and facilities using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide improvised explosive device vests. The attack, which began shortly after 10 p.m., killed two ISAF service members, wounded several and caused damage to multiple aircraft and structures along the base’s flight line.

ISAF forces reacted to the assault, returned fire and killed all but one of the known insurgents, defeating the attack. ISAF personnel wounded the remaining insurgent attacker, who is in ISAF custody and is being treated in a medical facility.

Camp Bastion is currently secure. ISAF personnel cleared the large base of attackers early this morning.

ISAF is in the process of fully assessing damages to aircraft and structures on the airfield.

However, ISAF has determined that despite the damage, there will be no impact to ground or air operations from Camp Bastion.

An investigation is ongoing.

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