NATO troops kill Afghan civilian accidentally

NATO soldiers accidentally shot dead a civilian in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, the military said in a statement.

Some NATO troops were conducting a routine patrol in Gereshk district of Helmand province, the statement said, adding traffic was stopped, but a vehicle continued to approach the roadblock at high speed.

Despite hand signals, the vehicle failed to stop and warning shots were fired at the ground, it said.

"Unfortunately, the shots ricocheted and hit a local passer-by," the statement said, adding the casualty was treated by a NATO military medic, but died at the scene.

NATO troops killed Afghan civilians from time to time who drove at speed toward them and were suspected of being suicide bombers.

Source: Xinhua

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