Afghanistan – Death of 5 international coalition personnel (April 8, 2013)
We were deeply shocked to learn of the death of 5 international coalition personnel working in Afghanistan on Saturday, April 6, during an attack in Zabul Province.
Three of these victims were American soldiers; the other two were civilians – an Afghan and an American diplomat working for the State Department. Four other State Department personnel were injured during this attack.
This was a barbaric act which we utterly condemn.
We extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who died and our thoughts also go out to the injured, to whom we wish a speedy recovery.
In these especially difficult circumstances, we commend the exceptional professionalism, selflessness and courage of the military and civilian personnel working in Afghanistan, where the international community will continue, through means that are evolving, to assist the Afghan authorities in the face of the challenges confronting their country.