19 Sep. 2008
PR# 2008-490

Escalation of Force in Kandahar province

Kabul, Afghanistan - At approximately 8.30p.m. 18 September an ISAF convoy was approached, head on, by a jingle truck in the vicinity of Kandahar City.

The vehicle failed to respond to warning signals, of flashing lights and vehicle horn, and failed to stop. Following approved escalation of force procedures, one warning shot was fired, the vehicle still failed to stop. A further two shots were fired directly at the vehicle, killing one civilian.

No further details are available at this time as the incident is being investigated.

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

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.

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/