U.S. medics treat 4 Afghans after wolf attack
American medics treated three Afghan children and one adult after the civilians were injured in a wolf attack in the Shinkay district of Zabul province.
According to U.S. military officials, the four Afghans drove some 10 miles on a tractor to reach a coalition medical clinic, where they received treatment.
The injured included an 11-year-old girl “with multiple lacerations to the face and body and puncture wounds on her arms and shoulder.” A 13-year-old boy had cuts and a severe bite to the right leg; an 8-year-old boy had severe swelling of the eye and multiple lacerations and punctures to the face, hands and left leg. A 55-year-old man had multiple minor lacerations and punctures to the right leg and cheek, officials said.
“Based on the patients’ and family members’ story of a ‘crazy wolf’ attack, the medic administered rabies shots to all of the patients,” a news release read.
The 13-year-old boy and the man were taken to Kandahar for further treatment.
According to a U.S. spokesman, the incident led to village elders talking with U.S. and Afghan officials about more substantive matters.
“Prior to a medical and humanitarian operation, the villagers were undecided in terms of supporting the insurgency or the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” Maj. Chris Belcher said in the statement. “That operation, combined with the medical care given to the four Afghans from the same village, has prompted the village elders to enter dialogues to fully support the government.”