9 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-526

Afghan driver wounded at ISAF checkpoint

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan – An Afghan man was wounded this morning after he failed to stop at an ISAF checkpoint in Gardez, Paktia province.

Around 7 a.m., the soldiers set up a checkpoint to recover a broken military vehicle near the Gardez Airfield. 

ISAF soldiers used shouts and hand signals in an attempt to get the driver to stop as the man’s vehicle approached the checkpoint.  When the driver didn’t respond, the soldiers engaged the vehicle with small-arms fire.  The driver was wounded.  ISAF medical personnel treated and stabilized him at the scene before transporting him to an ISAF medical facility for additional treatment.  The man’s condition is unknown at this time. 

“It was unclear what this man’s intentions were,” said Maj. John Thomas, ISAF spokesman.  “Either way, we are giving him the best medical care possible.”

“We are investigating to determine the facts, and we always are looking for ways to work with citizens so they know what actions to take to prevent situations like this and still protect our personnel,” he added.

The incident is currently under investigation by both Afghan and ISAF officials.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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