US-Afghan Army Convoy Fires Flares, Hits Drivers on Road

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An Afghan National Army soldier mans a mounted machine gun as the convoy prepares to pull out of Saparah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2012. The patrol was conducted with U.S. soldiers assigned to Team Apache, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, Task Force 4-25, and the Afghan Uniform Police to search for weapon caches and register military age males.(Kimberly Trumbull/U.S. Army)
An Afghan National Army soldier mans a mounted machine gun as the convoy prepares to pull out of Saparah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Aug. 1, 2012. The patrol was conducted with U.S. soldiers assigned to Team Apache, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry Regiment, Task Force 4-25, and the Afghan Uniform Police to search for weapon caches and register military age males.(Kimberly Trumbull/U.S. Army)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A local witness and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan say a joint U.S.-Afghan military convoy has confronted several civilian vehicles with flares, after a confrontation on the road.

The U.S. forces statement says Saturday that American troops released flares as a deterrent after making several attempts to wave the drivers off the road, but didn't aim at the vehicles.

It said U.S. forces were trying to stop the vehicles from approaching the convoy in eastern Laghman province Friday night and didn't see any damage immediately to the vehicles.

Imad Dawran, a witness to the incident, says he was waiting for the convoy to pass, but sudden flare shots caused him minor injuries and hit his car.

He says he saw at least two other vehicles on fire on the road.

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