Spanish soldier killed in road accident in Afghanistan

9th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

A 24-year-old Spanish soldier serving in Afghanistan died Friday after he was run over by a vehicle at a military base in the western city of Herat, the defence ministry said.

Madrid - A 24-year-old Spanish soldier serving in Afghanistan died Friday after he was run over by a vehicle at a military base in the western city of Herat, the defence ministry said.

Christian Quishpe Aguirre was taken to hospital after the accident at the vehicle maintenance site of the base where he died from his injuries, it said in a statement.

The defence ministry said an investigation had been opened into the accident.

Aguirre, of Ecuadorian origin, was married and a father of a young daughter. He joined the Spanish army in September 2001.

His death comes two days after a poll published in daily newspaper El Mundo showed that Spaniards are largely opposed to the government's decision to send a further 500 troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan

Over 47 percent considered the decision "bad" or "very bad", 26 percent judged it "normal" and only 22 percent felt the decision was "good" or "very good".

The extra troops were among the around 7,000 additional military personnel that US allies and partners announced after US President Barack Obama pledged a further 30,000 US troops to bolster the 71,000 already in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.

Spain's 1,068 troops currently in Afghanistan are located in the west of the country.

AFP/Expatica

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