Afghan civilian accidently killed in Qalat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Headquarters United States Forces Afghanistan   
Monday, 17 November 2008

KABUL, Afghanistan – One Afghan civilian was accidently killed when insurgents attacked a joint coalition and Afghan National Police patrol.  The mounted patrol received direct fire from the insurgents in Qalat located in Zabul province, early Nov. 15.

The Afghan National Police and coalition team returned fire, killing one insurgent. However, one grenade fired by coalition forces overshot its target, killing a civilian.

Coalition forces are meeting with village elders and the family of the civilian killed.

“We regret the loss of an innocent civilian caught in the cross-fire and our condolences go to his family,” said Col. Gregory Julian, spokesman, U.S. Forces Afghanistan. “Had the Taliban not attacked the Afghan National Police patrol, this tragedy would not have happened. The Taliban’s tactics continue to show their disregard for innocent Afghans.”

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