04 Nov. 2008
PR# 2008-588

Afghan leaders open irrigation canal in Zharey

Kabul, Afghanistan - At approximately 10:30 a.m. 3 November, a vehicle approached an ISAF patrol at a high speed in the Sangin area. The vehicle failed to respond to a verbal warning and the firing of two mini-flares by ISAF forces following established Escalation of Force procedures.

Perceived as posing an imminent threat to the patrol, a warning shot was then fired at the engine block of the vehicle in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop. Despite the attempts of ISAF forces, the vehicle failed to stop and fled the scene.

Approximately 30 minutes later, a local national male was brought to a Forward Operating Base in Sangin District to receive medical treatment for injuries to his chest and head. He was then taken by helicopter to receive further medical treatment at Camp Bastion.

It is assessed that the warning shot fired by ISAF troops following Escalation of Force procedures ricocheted into the cabin of the vehicle the local national male.

ISAF wishes to remind everyone to adhere to all signals and warnings to slow down and stop on approaching a convoy or patrol. These are standard procedures that ISAF troops use across Afghanistan, and failing to stop may be considered a hostile advance on a 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/