29 Sep. 2008
PR# 2008-506

ISAF shoots civilian who failed to stop when warned

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF shot a civilian who approached too close to a patrol and failed to stop when directed in Sangin district, Helmand, September 29. The individual subsequently died of their wounds.

When the patrol noticed a man approaching, soldiers signalled to warn him to stop as he drew closer. When he failed to stop and continued to approach, a soldier issued a verbal warning then fired two shots further warning him to back away. He failed to react to either and, fearing a suicide bomber, the soldier then fired one aimed shot that killed the man.

The loss of innocent lives is a tragedy and ISAF seeks at all times to avoid civilian casualties.

ISAF acknowledges that this was an unfortunate incident and offers condolences to the family of the person killed. ISAF wishes to remind everyone not to approach convoys or patrols, especially rapidly, when signalled to stop. Failing to stop may be considered a hostile advance on the convoy or patrol.

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/