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Three Afghan civilians including a child were shot Friday evening at a coalition checkpoint in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

The civilians were in a vehicle that approached at high speed at about 6 p.m. and kept going even after members of the security team used flashlights, other visual signals and warning shots, according to a news release issued Friday.

"Coalition forces acted in self-defense by engaging the vehicle with small arms fire," said the release, issued by U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

Coalition soldiers provided Afghans medical treatment. The male driver, who was wounded in the chest, and the child, who suffered head injuries, were then taken to a coalition medical facility for further treatment.

A woman passenger was treated for minor injuries.

Col. Greg Julian, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman, offered condolences to the injured, adding that "we take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties in the course of our operations."

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