06 Nov 2007

PR# 2007-702

Incident under investigation
after civilian killed in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan – One civilian was killed by ISAF troops in Kabul when he did not heed warnings to stop advancing in his vehicle toward a foot patrol today.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., a vehicle pulled out of traffic and accelerated toward the rear of an ISAF foot patrol.  After a verbal warning to stop, the vehicle continued to move toward the patrol.

The patrol fired upon the vehicle, hitting the driver in the abdomen. Immediate first aid was given to the driver and an ambulance was called. The driver was taken to the ISAF hospital at Kabul International Airport where he died of his wounds.

 “We deeply regret any incident involving 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
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/