20 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-682

Investigation launched after Afghan civilian death in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF is investigating an incident where a child died allegedly by the ricochet of a warning shot fired by an ISAF patrol Oct. 19.

At an intersection located near Lashkar Gah, a vehicle approached an ISAF patrol.  In an effort to keep the vehicle from getting too close, clear and measured warning signals were issued by ISAF troops. 

The driver of the vehicle failed to heed a series of warnings and continued towards the patrol. One single warning shot was fired. The vehicle stopped.  Sometime later, a family brought a child suffering from a gunshot wound to the head to an ISAF base for medical attention. Unfortunately, the child died.

“ISAF sends its condolences to the family of the child that was killed today. This incident is deeply regrettable,” said Brig. Gen. Carlos Branco, ISAF spokesman. “ISAF will thoroughly investigate the circumstances.” 

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