This is from ANSO - the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office.........
ANSO North â Security Incident â Armed attack on ISAF â Balkh Province.
Incident report: ANSO N291005-096
Location: Balkh Province, Mazar-e-Sharif City.
Incident type: Armed attack.
Date/Time of incident: 29 October 2005, approximately 0830hrs.
Report status: Confirmed.
Information: At approximately 0830hrs an ISAF convoy was engaged by small arms fire in Mazar-e-Sharif city, south of the central mosque. The area has been closed and ANSO advises all NGOs to postpone any travel in or through the city centre. Police have made a number of arrests in relation to the attack. The situation is reported as calm and under control of ANP.
Arrest: Exact number unknown. Unconfirmed 3 arrests.
Assessment This is the first deliberate attack on ISAF in Mazar-e-Sharif city and may be an indication of the presence of anti government elements in the region.
Advisory: ANSO advises NGOs to postpone all travel in or through Mazar-e-Sharif city for the remainder of today, and if traveling in the near future, to ensure a two car policy is used.