Dutch soldiers shoot Afghan driver

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2 August 2007, THE HAGUE – Dutch soldiers shot and killed the driver of an Afghan minivan in the province of Uruzgan when the man refused to obey signals to stop. The incident took place just outside of the provincial capital of Tarin Kowt, a defence spokesperson announced on Wednesday.

2 August 2007

THE HAGUE – Dutch soldiers shot and killed the driver of an Afghan minivan in the province of Uruzgan when the man refused to obey signals to stop. The incident took place just outside of the provincial capital of Tarin Kowt, a defence spokesperson announced on Wednesday.

The Dutch convoy was en route from the patrol base Poentjak to Kamp Holland, near Tarin Kowt, when a number of Afghan vehicles approached from the opposite direction.

The first car stopped after signs from the soldiers but the minivan behind suddenly started driving at the soldiers again. After a warning shot the Dutch fired upon the driver.

The defence department says the soldiers took robust action but felt the outcome of the incident was sad. The soldiers acted in accordance with procedures to prevent possible car attacks, the spokesperson said.

The Afghans are familiar with the signal to stop, which was very clearly given, the defence department says. It is not yet known whether the man actually planned to commit an attack, defence says. The Marechaussee are still investigating the incident.

Australian soldiers in the area have been involved in two such incidents recently. Last week they also shot a driver when he refused to stop his vehicle. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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