NM National Guard troops come under fire in Sinai attack
Posted at: 09/14/2012 5:29 PM
| Updated at: 09/14/2012 5:45 PM
By: KOB.com staff
The state National Guard tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 that no New Mexico soldiers were injured in an attack at the Multinational Force and Observers headquarters in the Sinai Friday.
The troops from the 615th battalion, based out of Springer, are stationed at the main North Camp - which was attacked by gunmen, according to a National Guard official.
No injuries have been reported and there are no reports of the troops engaging the attackers.
The Multinational Force and Observers is an independent international organization with peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Brigadier General Andrew Salas released the following joing statement today regarding the attack:
"This afternoon, we received reports from Egypt that violent and armed protestors attacked and attempted to gain entry to the headquarters of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai where New Mexico National Guard Soldiers are serving alongside other U.S. and Coalition Military troops. Early reports from the unit indicate that the attack was beaten back, and though a few coalition troops from other countries sustained injuries, we have been told that no U.S. Soldiers were injured. Appropriate force protection measures have been initiated by the command. We will continue to monitor the situation in northern Egypt and will communicate with the families of our Soldiers about further developments as they become available to us. New Mexico National Guard Soldiers are well trained, highly skilled and equipped to complete their mission; we appreciate their sacrifice and service during this difficult time, as conflict and violence has entered into their peacekeeping efforts. Our prayers are with our New Mexico soldiers in Egypt and their families, as well as with all other military personnel who are protecting our freedom throughout the world."