04 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-667

Incident under investigation after motorcyclists injured in Helmand Province

KABUL, Afghanistan – At approximately 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 2, an ISAF checkpoint, located near the village of Zumbalay, was approached by two individuals on a motorcycle.  In an effort to keep the motorcycle from getting too close, clear and measured warning signals were issued by ISAF troops.  The riders failed to heed the warnings and continued toward the checkpoint.

ISAF troops fired one shot and the two riders were wounded.  The site was immediately secured and first aid administered before the motorcyclists were airlifted to an ISAF medical facility for further treatment. Unfortunately one of those involved succumbed to their injuries and died in the early hours of this morning.

“Although this death is deeply regrettable, ISAF forces opened fire only after they exhausted all reasonable measures to ensure their safety,” said Wg Cdr Antony McCord, a spokesman for Regional Command South.  “Every effort is made by ISAF Forces to avoid risk to civilian life while dealing with potential insurgent threats including those posed by suicide bombers.  Afghan citizens are urged to comply with the warning signs in order to prevent these incidents.”

The warning procedures followed by ISAF troops were in accordance with rules of engagement protocols. The incident is currently under investigation.

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