Car knocks down 3 ISAF soldiers, 2 civilians killed
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Three international soldiers were injured when a car struck them at a checkpoint causing other troops to open fire, killing two civilians and injuring another four in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said on Thursday.
The incident occurred when International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were searching vehicles in the 16th police district of Kandahar City, the deputy police chief, Col. Fazal Ahmad Sherzad, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
"The driver lost control of the car and injured three ISAF soldiers," he said.
Fearing a suicide bomber, the soldiers opened fire on the car and a few other vehicles in the area, killing two people and injuring four others, Sherzad, said.
The wounded were taken to hospital. Police were looking into whether the people were wounded by ISAF firings or in the accident, he said.
All the injured and dead people had bullet wounds, a doctor at the Mirwais hospital said on condition of anonymity.
However, ISAF said after the soldiers fired on the suspect car it flipped over in a ditch, killing a passenger inside. A second civilian was killed when he was hit by the car.
Two other civilians nearby were wounded in the incident, a stameny from the coalition said.
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