NATO News Release
Nov. 18, 2010
An International Security Assistance Force patrol came under fire by insurgents yesterday while patrolling in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
While gaining positive identification of the insurgent firing position, the ISAF patrol noticed two Afghan civilians lying beneath a motorbike. Before returning fire, the ISAF patrol moved to assist the civilians while insurgents again opened fire from three different positions.
One of the Afghan civilians was found with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and subsequently died at the scene. The other one, a 2-year-old child, was seriously injured.
The patrol immediately began providing medical care to the wounded child and called for medical evacuation to an ISAF medical treatment facility.
“I don’t understand what the insurgents think they are gaining by shooting a 2-year-old child. These kind of terrorist acts are simply un-Islamic and are driving a wedge between the insurgents and Afghans,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “Our thoughts and concerns are with the families of the innocent victims.”