18 Oct. 2008
PR# 2008-543

MoD, ISAF announce investigation into events at Nad Ali District in Helmand Province

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan Ministry of Defence and the International Security Assistance Forces have confirmed an event that occurred in Nad Ali district on October 16th, in Helmand Province. And there have been some civilian casualties.

Conflicting reports of the exact nature of events and number of casualties have been reported through various media.  The situation on the ground is complicated by a number of possibly unrelated events, all of which could have caused casualties.  And therefore, MOD and ISAf are coordinating with provincial authorities to clarify the facts.  

In the same time frame there was insurgent activity, including a rocket attack on Lashkar Gah, the possible collapse of a house, and an airstrike by ISAF forces on an insurgent compound. The MoD and ISAF, in coordination with the Afghan Ministry of Interior, announced that a Provincial Delegation Commission has been formed to investigate the events.

Details of the investigation will be released as they become available. The Afghan Government Media and Information Centre is coordinating the release of information on this incident to the Afghan people.

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/