More Shells Pound Korean Base in Afghanistan

      May 06, 2011 09:20

      The base of Korea's Provincial Reconstruction Team in Charikar in the Afghan province of Parwan was hit by four RPG-7 anti-tank rocket shells on Wednesday. The base has sustained six rocket attacks this year alone.

      The government and military say the shells were fired by local insurgents or dismissed local security staff but they are also checking the possibility of al-Qaeda involvement.

      "The base in Charikar was hit by four rocket shells around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday local time, but no damage was done to personnel or equipment," an officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. "Two shells fell inside the base, including the drill ground, and another outside the base. We believe the fourth exploded in midair."

      The Oshino Unit, a detachment in charge of security for the base, searched the area in and outside the base Thursday. Troops collected an RPG-7 propellant and shrapnel from the drill ground and from an area near the construction site of a local police training center.

      The JCS officer said the unit mobilized a quick reaction force (QRF) and a helicopter in cooperation with U.S. forces but found nothing suspicious. He added the unit has further heightened its alert level since Saturday "and is fully prepared to respond to the situation in Afghanistan."

      On April 3, the base and its vicinity were also hit by four RPG-7 shells.

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