5 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-686

Escalation of Force in Zabul province

A KABUL, Afghanistan - During an inspection of a IED blast site near Shar-e Safi in Zabul Province, a vehicle approached ISAF troops and failed to respond to warning signals stop to during the afternoon of Dec. 4.

Following established ‘escalation of force’ procedures by ISAF troops, warning shots were fired and one disabling shot was directed at the vehicle. It is believed that the round ricocheted, injuring one civilian.

The civilian was treated on the scene and evacuated by helicopter to Forward Operating Base Lagman for further treatment.

The incident is still under investigation.

ISAF soldiers are trained to take appropriate steps to minimize civilian casualties, whilst at the same time taking action to protect themselves when threatened. 

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 personnel, when encountered, as they travel throughout the region, for their safety as well as that of ISAF’s troops.

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/