18 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-110

Suspected suicide bomber killed by ISAF forces

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – At approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday, ISAF soldiers patrolling along Highway One in Senjaray, approximately 12 kilometers west of Kandahar City shot and killed a suspected suicide bomber as he approached their position.

The patrol reported that the individual was seen approaching the convoy along the centreline of the road.  He appeared to be chanting and refused to heed warnings to stop.  As he continued his approach, members of the convoy noted what appeared to be a device with wires protruding from it on his chest. 

“Well-aimed shots were fired twice as a warning and subsequently ignored by the man as he continued his approach.  A third and final aimed burst was fired and struck the individual,” stated Captain Andre Salloum, ISAF Regional Command South spokesperson.

“Any loss of life is a tragic affair; however, ISAF forces take every step necessary to protect themselves when confronted with threats or suspicious behaviour,” he added.

A subsequent search of the man revealed that he had twine, straps and other materials protruding from his jacket, which resembled wires, but there were no explosives.

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