01 Feb 2008

PR# 2008-045

ISAF troops repeat warning measures to stop driver

KABUL, Afghanistan – An ISAF unit on a security patrol near Kandahar Airfield took force escalation measures when a truck approached their patrol Jan. 31.

In an effort to keep the truck from getting closer, clear and measured warning signals were issued by ISAF troops.

The driver failed to heed the repeated warnings to stop, including their deployment of flares. A shot aimed at the ground was fired, but the truck continued towards the patrol. ISAF troops then fired a second shot at the truck’s engine block that stopped the vehicle.

The site was secured and the driver, injured by the shot, was transported to an ISAF medical facility. The driver later died of wounds.

“ISAF regrets any civilian death,” said Wing Commander Antony McCord, Regional Command South spokesman. “The intent is to avoid civilian casualties as it goes strictly against what ISAF is here to do. ISAF’s procedures are in place to protect both local Afghans in the area and our own personnel from suicide or improvised explosive device attack.”

The warning procedures followed by the ISAF troops were in accordance with rules of engagement protocols. 

“We urge Afghan citizens to comply with the warning signs and signals given in order to prevent such incidents,” said Commander McCord.

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