01 Sep. 2008
PR# 2008-450

ISAF accidently kills 3, wounds 7 civilians in Paktika

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF accidently killed three civilians and wounded seven others with artillery fire Sept. 1 in Paktika province.

The event began when insurgents fired upon an ISAF patrol in the Gayan district. The ISAF forces called for artillery to return fire on the insurgents. When the first round of artillery accidently landed too close to a qalat, the ISAF soldiers immediately called “check fire” to halt the artillery, but by that time, a second round was already fired.

The ISAF soldiers went to the qalat and found three dead children and seven wounded civilians. ISAF immediately assisted local authorities by providing medical assistance and evacuated wounded individuals to nearby military hospitals in Paktika and Khost provinces.

The local area ISAF commander expressed remorse about the incident and intends to hold a shura with the local elders at the earliest opportunity.

ISAF deeply regrets this accident, and an investigation as to the exact circumstances of this tragic event is now under way.

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/