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Friday, 17 September 2010

Afghanistan: Spanish TV publishes video of Spanish base attacked after Taliban attack

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The exclusive images of the aftermath of the Qala-i-Naw terrorist attack, can be watched above.
After the hurt Civil Guards and their translator were evacuated from Qala-i-Naw base, a crowd began gathering in the main gate. They threw inside the base different types of objects: stones, sticks and even a molotov cocktail.
In that same moment, a Spanish spy plane took off from the second base in Qala-i-Naw. They had been informed that Spanish first base could be attacked even with mortars. They were searching for attackers from the air. And they could see a violent crowd of people and columns of black smoke.
At Qala-i-Naw 2, soldiers wanted to go to help their companions, but the official order forbade them to do so. Spanish authorities wanted to prevent them from "following the terrorists' provocation", who wanted to rise the number in non-military deaths. In Qala-i-Naw 1 there were only 20 soldiers (both from the Military and Civil Guard) resisting the siege for several hours. They didn't know if they were going to be attacked with bombs.
The conflict, they are tols, should be solved by the Afghan police, but its officers did nothing to stop it: they considered they weren't able to confront so great and violent a crowd. In the end, 150 Afghan policemen from Kabul arrived to stop the riots.
According to Spanish press, the stones used in the attack had been piled in the surroundings of the base before the protest began and that some of the "protesters" were carrying "hand grenades, molotov cocktails and other weapons". In the confrontation 25 persons were hurt, and among them, 11 as a result of being shot, although no one by Spanish troops.
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