03 Apr. 2008

PR# 2008-129

ISAF troops repeat warning
measures to stop vehicle

KABUL, Afghanistan – An ISAF unit travelling near Kandahar Airfield took force escalation measures April 2, to protect itself from a fast-moving vehicle which failed to heed warning signs to stop.

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

After failing to comply with repeated warnings to stop, ISAF fired one warning shot. As a result, one civilian was killed and three were injured.

The injured were taken to an ISAF hospital where two were treated and released while the third was transferred to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

"ISAF regrets any civilian death and injuries," said Brigadier General Carlos Branco, ISAF spokesperson. "We take every step to avoid civilian casualties. ISAF’s procedures are in place to protect both local Afghans in the area and our own personnel from suicide bombers or improvised explosive device attack. This was a regrettable situation where the actions of the civilian vehicle put the lives of ISAF soldiers at risk. We offer our most sincere condolences to the family of the individual who lost his life in this incident."

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

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/