Spanish soldier killed on leave accident in Athens

16th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 May 2007, MADRID - A Spanish soldier serving with the NATO-led force in Kosovo died on Tuesday in Athens in a motorbike accident in which one of his comrades was injured, military sources told Efe.

16 May 2007

MADRID - A Spanish soldier serving with the NATO-led force in Kosovo died on Tuesday in Athens in a motorbike accident in which one of his comrades was injured, military sources told Efe.

Both soldiers were in the Greek capital on leave.

After the accident, the two men - both of whom were alive - were taken to the Kat Hospital, where one of them, a 22-year-old from the Madrid-area town of Alcorcon, died a few hours later.

The injured soldier is from Zaragoza and was admitted for observation.

He suffered multiple bruises and his prognosis was guarded, but he appeared to be progressing favorably, it was reported.

The army said that the Spanish Embassy in Athens had begun procedures to return the body of the deceased soldier to Spain.

On April 24, Spanish soldier Jose Javier Colorado Ramirez, 19, died and another soldier was injured when their BMR armored vehicle flipped over while on patrol in Kosovo.

The 550-man Spanish troop contingent is part of the Western Group of the NATO-led Kosovo Force, or KFOR, and is deployed mainly in the town of Istok.

Kosovo is a Serbian province whose mostly Albanian population is demanding independence from Belgrade. Since June 1999, the region has been under the administrative protection of the United Nations. EFE

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