5 Aug 2009
PR# 2009-564

ISAF investigates civilian casualty allegations in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force leaders and their Afghan counterparts are investigating allegations that ISAF actions caused civilian casualties earlier today in Arghandab District, Kandahar Province.

ISAF forces identified four insurgents in an open field with weapons and plastic jugs at 1:30 a.m. and engaged the insurgents with machine-gun fire and rockets.  The helicopter observed a secondary explosion at the point of impact when the jugs exploded.  No bombs were dropped during the incident.  The area is known for frequent improvised explosive attacks.

There are also allegations that four civilians were killed in a compound in the vicinity.   

It is ISAF policy to take all measures possible to avoid civilian casualties and to fully investigate all allegations that ISAF forces may have caused such casualties.

Note: This is an update to release 2009-08-[IA]-563. Initial reports may have been inaccurate.

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