A U.S. marine shot and killed an Afghan police officer on Saturday after a 'dispute' between the pair during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
ISAF was investigating the incident in Helmand province. It said initial reports found that after a dispute, the police officer made threatening statements and handled his weapon carelessly and the marine told his commanding officers.
"After departing his post, the uniformed police member returned with his weapon raised and pointed toward the marine," ISAF said in a statement.
"The marine responded with escalation of force procedures, including shouting at the individual to put the weapon down."
The marine then fired two shots and killed him, ISAF said. More information would be made available, it said, when the investigation into the incident at a patrol base in Sangin district was complete.
Last year, a record 711 foreign troops were killed, according to monitoring website www.iCasualties.org, up from 521 in 2009.
Afghan security forces have been hit even harder than foreign troops. A total of 1,292 Afghan police and 821 Afghan soldiers were killed last year, according to the Afghan government.
Ordinary Afghans, however, have borne the brunt of the fighting. The United Nations has said 2,412 civilians were killed and 3,803 wounded in the first 10 months of last year, a 20 percent increase over 2009.
ReutersLast Mod: 15 Ocak 2011, 15:47