17 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-108

Tragic incident involving ISAF and local national

KABUL, Afghanistan - Earlier this morning, an incident involving an ISAF convoy resulted in the death of one Afghan.

The man ran between the vehicles of a stopped convoy near Kandahar Airfield and ISAF personnel, believing he might be a suicide bomber, attempted to stop him. A gunner on one of the vehicles flashed a light at the individual after he kept moving toward the convoy, then fired warning shots. When the individual failed to stop, ISAF forces fired upon him.

Explosive ordnance detachment personnel were called to the scene to check the individual for explosives. Once it was established that he was not wearing any, medical personnel treated him and evacuated him to the medical treatment facility at Kandahar Airfield. The individual then died of his wounds.

“ISAF deeply regrets this loss of life” said Lt. Col. Angela Billings, ISAF spokesperson. “ISAF forces attempted to warn the individual away from the convoy, but he did not respond. Local nationals are encouraged to keep clear of all convoys, whether they are moving or stopped, to avoid further incidents.”

The incident is currently under investigation.

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