31 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-754

Child injured by ISAF Forces in Sangin

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF troops were engaged on a routine patrol in the South of Sangin Dec. 28 when escalation of force procedures resulted in a civilian casualty.

The use of local males to track patrols is prevalent throughout the area to trigger Improvised Explosive Devices. During this patrol ISAF troops became aware of a male tracking them and acting suspiciously.  The ISAF troops believed that he posed an imminent threat and fired a warning shot in accordance with ISAF escalation of force procedures.  Regrettably, it was observed that the round ricocheted off a wall and hit a person close by.

The ISAF patrol reported the incident, but was unable to offer medical assistance due to the distance from the patrol.  Later a man with a 4-year-old boy arrived at the patrol base. He stated that the boy had been shot by the patrol. The young boy had a gunshot wound to the foot. 

The injury was not life threatening and treatment for the boy was given by the base medical officer.  ISAF troops then gave the man funds to get the boy to a local hospital for further treatment.  

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

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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