Monday, September 29, 2008

Another civilian motorist killed

British forces kill another civilian who failed to heed warnings:

British soldier kills Afghan civilian after warning: official

LONDON, Sept 29 (AFP) - A British soldier shot dead an Afghan civilian on a motorbike Monday who failed to stop as he approached a military patrol in southern Afghanistan, the defence ministry here said.

A spokesman said the man "failed to react to two verbal warnings and two warning shots" as he approached troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Helmand province...

The incident took place at about 5:00 pm (1330 GMT) near Forward Operating Base Inkerman in the Upper Sangin Valley, described by the defence ministry as "one of the most dangerous and austere bases that UK troops occupy"... (link)
Meanwhile, an incident in Jaji district of Paktia province has left one Afghan and one NATO soldier dead:
... Insurgents then engaged the patrol with small arms fire, [a joint statement by ISAF and the Afghan Interior Ministry] said. Later seven civilians were detained after testing positive for having explosive residues and taken to the Afghan police station at the district centre in the town of Jaji.

"While at the district centre, there was an altercation during which an ANP officer and one ISAF soldier were killed," the statement said.

ISAF spokesmen declined to elaborate on how the dispute began or who it was between, but Afghan media said the policeman opened fire on the troops who then fired back. (link)

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