“Our understanding is that the three men were killed by the initial rounds of ammunition from the offender. A chaotic combat situation followed directly after during which accidental shots can’t be counted out,” Grundevik said.
He told reporters at the press conference that the Swedes and their interpreter were declared dead by doctors at a hospital, at which time they also determined that the initial round of shots from the perpetrator killed the men instantly. The shooter was dressed in an Afghan police uniform when he carried out the execution-style killing.
Grundevik ended the press conference by praising the Swedish soldiers who managed to lead and protect the platoon in spite of seeing their commanders shot dead. The troops began shooting the Afghan killer as he tried to flee the scene, continuing until he lay still on the ground.
“Their actions could have stopped a massacre,” the Major-General said.
One Afghan man is still wanted in connection with the incident.