Canadians Accidentally Kill Afghan Girl

A Canadian soldier, left, with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stands guard, as an Afghan policeman kneels on the ground during a patrol in Mirwais Mina part of the main city of Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Canada has around 2, 500 soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
AP Photo/Allauddin Khan
An Afghan girl has been killed in an accidental shooting by Canadian soldiers in Kandahar province, military officials said.

Soldiers had dismounted from a convoy Tuesday in the volatile Panjwaii district when a motorcycle came speeding towards them, military officials said.

When the driver did not heed signals to stop, a warning shot was fired and the motorcycle changed direction and sped away.

Officials say the soldiers then noticed a crowd gathering and discovered that a girl had been shot. Attempts to save her were unsuccessful. Her age was not disclosed.

Three Afghan policemen were injured in a separate incident when Canadian soldiers inspecting a possible explosive device fired on a vehicle that was approaching in the dark with its lights out.

Two members of the Afghan National Police suffered minor injuries, while the third remains in hospital.