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U.S. Medics Treat Bomb Victims in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2006 – Eleven people wounded during a Jan. 14 bombing attacks in Khowst, Afghanistan, were treated by U.S. medical personnel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported today.

Two of the 11 have since been released from care, officials said; the rest were reported to be in stable condition.

"The local medical facilities in Khowst were overwhelmed by the number of patients, and we were able to step in and assist with their care and treatment," said Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman. "There were no Afghan or U.S. military personnel involved in this incident. It was the enemy targeting innocent civilians once again."

One of the bombings, which killed one and injured at least 23, occurred near a Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim "Festival of Sacrifice" that concludes the pilgrimage to Mecca. Another bombing occurred near the Khowst radio station. Officials provided no information on casualties or damage from the radio station bombing.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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