KABUL ATTACK JACOBSON SOUNDBITES
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The ISAF spokesman, Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson, talks about the attack in Kabul this morning saying it’s too early to say whether it was linked to the visit over night of US President Barak Obama.
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1. (00:00) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BRIGADIER GENERAL CARSTEN JACOBSON, ISAF SPOKESMAN
Q. What do you know about the attack this morning?
“Well what we know so far is that we had an attack of a small group of insurgents in the east of Kabul in a compound where a lot of civilian workers work and live. Fortunately ISAF did not suffer any fatalities but we have civilian casualties in this incident and particularly sad we have seen civilian children being wounded.”
2. (00:25) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BRIGADIER GENERAL CARSTEN JACOBSON, ISAF SPOKESMAN
Q. What do you know about any fatalities?
“We have no reports on fatalities yet. We do know that there are no ISAF fatalities, we do know that there are wounded amongst them children, who are in medical care.”
3. (00:38) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BRIGADIER GENERAL CARSTEN JACOBSON, ISAF SPOKESMAN
Q. Do you think this is linked to the visit over night of Barak Obama?
“I would not jump to conclusion on what the background behind this attack is. It is a small number of insurgents who made it into the city, detonated explosive charges. They have been taken out by Afghan National Security Forces and we now have to look into the background of this attack.”
4. (00:56) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) BRIGADIER GENERAL CARSTEN JACOBSON, ISAF SPOKESMAN
Q. Yet again, suicide attackers have managed to strike inside the city. Some would say this is a poor lapse of security.
“Well individuals have made it into a city of five million inhabitants. They made it into a location that they targeted, detonated their bombs. I would not say that this is a failure in intelligence, the important thing is the very quick spontaneous reaction of the Afghan National Police, them taking action, them taking the situation under control and clearly bringing this situation to an end very quickly.”
Year of Production: 2012