01 Mar. 2009
PR# 2009-207

Eight-year-old boy treated by ISAF doctors

KABUL, Afghanistan - An eight-year-old boy was taken to an Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol base in Gereshk District with wounds to his stomach.

On 26 February, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol witnessed two men acting suspiciously and believed they were preparing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), not far from an ISAF base in Gereshk. After assuring no locals were in the area, the ISAF patrol fired mortars to prevent the men from planting the IED.  The mortar fire was closely observed and a patrol confirmed that there had been no damage to the surrounding compounds or buildings.

Later, the same day, a local boy with wounds to his stomach was taken to an ANA patrol base and transferred to the nearest ISAF base for medical treatment by an ISAF Doctor. After examining the evidence, it appears likely that the boy’s injuries were a result of the ISAF mortar fire; after initial treatment, he was transferred to hospital in Lashkar Gah where he is being treated for his injuries.

ISAF regrets any injuries caused to civilians and takes all possible precautions to avoid them.

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