NATO soldiers kill Afghan policeman

December 1st, 2008 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI  


Kabul, Dec.1 (ANI): An Afghan policeman has been killed by British soldiers in Kabul .
British soldiers opened fire on a vehicle, on Sunday, which killed the policeman intantly. The vehicle is reported to have approached the NATO convoy despite warnings to keep away.
The oncoming vehicle ignored repeated warnings, that included the firing of a mini-flare, and continued towards the NATO International Security Assistance Force patrol in the southern town of Lashkar Gah .
The ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) soldiers judged the vehicle to be a direct threat to their lives and hence opened fire, the military said in a statement.
One of the passengers, a policeman, was wounded and died later at the ISAF Hospital, the statement said.
About 75 such incidents have already taken place in Afghanistan this year, many of them proving fatal. The southern part of the country has witnessed most of such incidents.
The southern part of Afghanistan is suffering from Taliban-led insurgency which sees regular suicide bombings.Lashkar Gah is Afghanistans premier opium and heroin producing area and a stronghold of Taliban fighters who are believed to control a vast area of Helmand province.
Britain has about 8,000 soldiers in ISAF which works alongside a US-led coalition in Afghanistan against the Taliban extremists. (ANI)

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