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Canadian soldiers accidentally kill Afghan civilian

NATO is investigating the death of an Afghan civilian who was accidentally killed by Canadian soldiers in Kandahar City on Tuesday.

The death of an Afghan civilianshot deadby Canadian soldiers in Kandahar City was accidental, NATO officials said on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, NATO officials said, when a man on a motorcycle drove at high speed near a security cordon protecting Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who was meeting with Canadianofficials includingCanadian Ambassador David Sproule.

The man ignored warnings to stop and Canadian soldiers fired a warning shot at the ground.A bullet ricocheted and struck the man, officials said.

Afghan National Police officers took the man to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

NATO officials expressed regret for the accident and didn't know why the motorcyclist refused to stop.

Troops take extra measures to minimize the risk to civilians, said NATO spokesman Mark Laity.

"When something does happen— and it does, I'm afraid— we are not only upset, we do not only apologize, we investigate to see what steps we can take to minimize the risk in the future," he said.

Canada has more than 2,000 troops in Afghanistan, with the majority stationed in the volatile southern province of Kandahar. Forty-four Canadian soldiers and a senior diplomat have been killed in Afghanistan since Canada first sent troops there in early 2002.

With files from the Canadian Press