16 Nov 2007

PR# 2007-713

Investigation launched after shooting incident in Kandahar

KABUL, Afghanistan – An official investigation has been launched after two Afghan men were seriously injured when the taxi they were travelling in was shot at by ISAF troops in Kandahar yesterday.  One of the men who was injured later died of his wounds.

The taxi had approached an ISAF patrol convoy, and had ignored visual signs to stop.  Warning shots were fired and the ISAF troops then carried on with their patrol. The occupants of the taxi were subsequently treated at a hospital where one later died of gun shot wounds.  The other injured occupant was transferred to the Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar airfield where he underwent medical treatment, and is expected to be discharged shortly.

"We deeply regret the loss of innocent civilian lives and a full investigation is being carried out”, said Wing Commander Antony McCord, an ISAF spokesman for Regional Command South.  “ISAF reserves the right to self defence, but every effort is made to avoid risk to civilian life while also dealing with the potential insurgent threat posed by vehicle born suicide bombers.  Afghan citizens are urged to comply with the warning signs in order to prevent these incidents.”

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