Eight suicide bombers attacked Gardez today. Two detonated themselves, four were killed by Afghan forces before being able to detonate their suicide vests, and two escaped. The Afghan forces performed brilliantly. They received intel early in the day and were able to minimize the damage from the attacks. Unfortunately, four Afghan soldiers were killed in the process, but civilian casualties were minimal to none. Following the attacks, patrols were dispatched to attempt to find the two bombers that escaped.
The attack, by tactical considerations, was a failure for the Taliban. Their inability to effectively fight the Afghan and Coalition Forces has left them with tactics that try to instill fear in the populous. Three to four hours following the attacks, I drove through the markets with the 203rd Corp Afghan Army SGT. Major, and the markets were full and busy. This was a good day for the Afghan forces.
WARNING- GRAPHIC PICTURES BELOW
US Army forces patrolling downtown Gardez
Dead attacker outside of Paktia Province Governorâ€™s Mansion (notice BLUE BURKA laying next to him)
Gardez Traffic Circle near Afghan National Police HQ
Dead Insurgent outside of Afghan National Police HQ
National Directorate of Security (Afghan FBI) building Guard Shack
Dead insurgent outside of National Directorate of Security compound