02 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-665

Investigation launched after local national killed in southern Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan – One local national died and one was injured in an incident in Kandahar today.

At approximately 6:45 a.m., an ISAF patrol in Kandahar experienced an equipment malfunction, which resulted in an accidental discharge from a weapon system.  It was soon apparent that two local nationals had been wounded. 

ISAF troops immediately secured the scene, medical assistance was requested and the casualties were transported to a local hospital.  At the hospital one of the two injured, a 35 year old male, was confirmed dead; the other casualty is an 8 year old child.

“This incident is deeply regrettable” said Wg Cdr Antony McCord, a spokesman for Regional Command South. “ISAF will thoroughly investigate the circumstances.” 

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