8 Aug 2009
PR# 2009-573

ISAF investigates civilian casualty reports in Uruzgan

KABUL, Afghanistan – An investigation is underway following unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties in Khas Uruzgan, Uruzgan Province on Aug. 7 . A team of Afghan National Army (ANA) and international security forces positively identified an insurgent on a ridgeline near an ANA base. The individual was observing operations and collecting information in an area known to be a point of origin for rocket attacks on the base. In response, the forces launched mortars; however, one mortar fell short, near a populated area .

Approximately two hours after the incident, residents of the village told base personnel that two people were killed by a mortar round. Local authorities were immediately informed, and a joint team began the investigation .  

The loss of any innocent life is regrettable, and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and Afghan forces will continue to make all efforts to avoid  civilian casualties.

ISAF is a key component of the international community’s engagement in Afghanistan, assisting the Afghan authorities in providing security and stability and creating the conditions for reconstruction and development.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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