A Thursday suicide bombing attack on a U.S. combat outpost in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border injured five soldiers deployed with the 48th Brigade of the Georgia National Guard, the unit’s stateside commander said Friday.
The attack injured five 48th Brigade soldiers, one seriously. No U.S. soldiers were killed in the attack, but the most seriously injured soldier was evacuated to Germany to receive urgent treatment.
One other soldier is being treated at a medical facility in eastern Afghanistan. The other three injured soldiers have returned to duty.
The families of all of the troops have been notified of the attack.
A Georgia National Guard spokesman working in Atlanta would not confirm any more details about the incident.
The attack appears to be similar to a Dec. 30 attack on a CIA compound in Khost Province, also near the Afghan-Pakistani border. In that attack, a suicide bomber, believed to be a Taliban double agent, entered the compound and killed seven Americans working for the CIA.
Thursday’s attack came as NATO troops prepared for a major offensive in the southern Afghan town of Marjah, which is the first major operation since President Obama announced his “surge” strategy in December of last year.
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