Thursday, August 14, 2008

Civilians injured and killed by NATO

From Agence-France Presse:

NATO soldiers kill, injure Afghan civilians: ISAF

KABUL, Aug 13 (AFP) - NATO soldiers shot dead an Afghan man who came close to a military patrol...

A vehicle approached an ISAF patrol on Tuesday in the southern province of Helmand, which sees near daily attacks by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban.

The driver was warned through hand, arm and audio signals, and flashing lights, to stop but did not, an ISAF statement said.

"When the vehicle was 10 metres (30 feet) away and still approaching rapidly, the ISAF soldiers, fearing an attack, fired on it," it said. The man died later of his wounds.

Also in Helmand, on Wednesday, ISAF troops fired a single shot at another car which "overtook the queue of traffic and tried to drive through the checkpoint" manned by ISAF, it said in a separate statement.

Troops "were forced to fire a single warning shot after the car continued on its course. Unfortunately the bullet ricocheted, injured the driver and then injured two other civilians who were passing by," it said... (link)


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