25 Feb. 2009
PR# 2009-187

Insurgent planting IED killed by ISAF patrol in northern Helmand

KABUL, Afghanistan - A man positively identified to be placing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was killed by an International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) patrol following an escalation of force incident Feb. 19 north of Musa Qala.

Members of an ISAF patrol witnessed a man acting suspiciously in an area used by local civilians and ISAF patrols. The man was seen digging in a suspected IED area and dragging a large container, later found to be full of home-made explosives. His suspicious behaviour attracted the attention of the ISAF troops who challenged the man.

The man ignored warnings to stop as the patrol followed standard ISAF escalation of force procedures, resulting in lethal shots being fired.  Examination of his body revealed that he was carrying bomb making materials.

“There is no doubt that the man killed was attempting to cause serious injury or death to ISAF forces and local people by laying explosive devices in the area said,” Commander Paula Rowe, Task Force Helmand Spokesperson. “It was only by the training and quick reactions of the ISAF patrol that this was prevented. This is another example of the indiscriminate and cowardly way in which the insurgents choose to fight.”

ISAF forces had positively identified this man as planting an IED and followed the ISAF escalation of force procedures essential in these situations. The planting of IEDs by the insurgents presents a huge threat to the local population, as well as to Afghan and ISAF forces.

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