22 Oct. 2008
PR# 2008-554

ISAF shoots suspected suicide bomber

KABUL, Afghanistan — Early this afternoon one local national male was killed by ISAF soldiers who followed escalation of force procedures when a motorbike approached their ISAF mentored ANA patrol in Sangin district, Helmand, having failed to react to four warning shots.

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

Our 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.

ISAF runs frequent public service announcements and advertising campaigns aimed at keeping the local population informed about the need to follow the directions given by ISAF foot patrols, when encountered, 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/