23 Feb. 2009
PR# 2009-179

Civilians injured in Sangin operation

KABUL, Afghanistan - An incident occurred today in Sangin District, Helmand Province in which an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol was ambushed by insurgent forces and resulted in a number of civilian casualties. All of the causalities received immediate medical treatment and were taken by helicopter to ISAF hospitals.

The incident is being investigated fully with the utmost rigour. ISAF is coordinating closely with the Afghan authorities and keeping the Office of the Governor of Helmand Province fully informed.

ISAF Spokesman Brigadier General Richard Blanchette said: “General McKiernan takes all allegations of non combatant causalities very seriously. An investigation is being conducted with the help of local Afghan officials to determine what occurred. ISAF forces are here to provide security to the Afghan people and deeply regret any injuries that may have been caused.”

More information will be provided when it becomes available.

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/