10 Feb 2008

PR# 2008-066

ISAF convoy fires warning shot to halt driver

KABUL, Afghanistan – An ISAF unit conducting a convoy in Farah Province took force escalation measures when a civilian car approached their vehicle today.

ISAF troops gave the driver clear and measured warning signals, to include a warning shot fired in the air, to keep the car at a safe distance.

The driver failed to heed the repeated warnings to stop. Finally, a warning shot aimed at the ground was fired.

ISAF troops continued on and were later informed by Afghan National Police that their warning shot had ricochet and injured the car’s driver and killed the passenger.

“ISAF deeply regrets any civilian injuries or deaths,” said Brig. Gen. Carlos Branco, ISAF spokesperson. “ISAF’s force escalation procedures are in place to protect local Afghans and our own troops from a suicide or improvised explosive device attack.”

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

“We implore Afghan citizens to keep a safe distance from military vehicles and comply with warnings given in order to prevent tragedies such as this,” said General Branco.

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