24 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-566

Driver killed when fired upon by ISAF troops

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF troops were involved in an incident today in southern Afghanistan when an Afghan driver failed to follow signals to stop.

When the driver failed to slow down or stop after being directed to do so, the soldiers were involved in an escalation of force incident.  Unfortunately, as a result, the driver of the vehicle was killed.

ISAF troops were providing security patrol in the area, when a vehicle matching the description of a suspected vehicle-borne improvised explosive device began speeding towards the patrol.

“ISAF regrets this incident,” said Lt. Col. Bridget Rose, Regional Command South spokesperson.  “ISAF trains its soldiers to give the maximum opportunity to prevent incidents of this sort in a dangerous environment that has seen numerous suicide bombings.”

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Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/