27 Aug. 2008
PR# 2008-434

Escalation of Force in Kandahar province

KABUL, Afghanistan - At approximately 10:50 a.m. August 26, ISAF soldiers on patrol in the vicinity of Daman district were approached by a vehicle coming toward them at high speed that failed to respond to warning signals to stop.

Following approved escalation of force procedures, warning shots were fired into the ground ahead of the vehicle; unfortunately a bullet ricocheted off the ground and injured a civilian who was passing by. The wounded civilian was given immediate medical assistance and taken by ISAF forces to a local hospital. He was treated by medics and then released with minor injuries.

ISAF runs frequent public service announcements and advertising campaigns aimed at keeping the local population informed about the need to maintain a safe distance from ISAF convoys as they travel throughout the region.

Our soldiers are trained to take appropriate steps to minimize civilian casualties, while at the same time taking action to protect themselves when threatened. Incidents such as this are highly regrettable, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the casualty.

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/