21 Oct 2007

PR# 2007-683

Incident under investigation after two civilians injured

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two civilians were wounded by ISAF troops in Kabul when they did not heed warnings to stop advancing on an ISAF convoy today.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., an ISAF convoy was approached by a minibus.  In an effort to keep the vehicle from getting too close, clear and measured warning signals were issued by ISAF troops. 

The driver failed to heed the warnings and failed to stop when motioned to halt by the convoy. Three warning shots were fired, but the vehicle continued to surge forward within 2 meters of the convoy. An aimed burst brought the vehicle to a stop.

Both civilians were transported to the hospital.

 “We deeply regret injuring civilians. ISAF troops are trained to use clear and measured rules of engagement procedures and only fire as a last resort,” said Brig. Gen. Carlos Branco, ISAF spokesperson.  “Afghan citizens are urged to heed warning signs in order to prevent these unnecessary incidents.”

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

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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