Spanish soldier killed, two hurt in Afganistan ambush
21 February 2007, KABUL - A Spanish soldier was killed and two others injured in an ambush on troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
21 February 2007
KABUL - A Spanish soldier was killed and two others injured in an ambush on troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Defence sources said the attack happened at about 12pm Spanish time, when the three were travelling in an armoured-plated ambulance with four other armoured medical vehicles.
The medical team, made up of a lieutenant, a driver and a corporal, were in the last vehicle in the convoy.
The ambulance was hit by what appeared to be a mine.
The dead soldier was named as second lieutenant Idoia Rodríguez Buján, from Lugo.
The other injured troops were the driver César Muñoz Pantoja, and corporal Jorge Liaño del Río.
They have been taken by helicopter to the Spanish base in Herat.
The convoy was on a support mission to Italian troops in the multi-national Nato Force.
Defence minister José Antonio Alonso was due to make a statement on the tragedy later on Wednesday.
Spain has 690 troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the far west of the country, in Badghis province.
So far, 19 Spanish soldiers have died while serving there.
In August 2005, 17 Spanish servicemen died in a helicopter crash.
In 2003, 62 others died when their aircraft crashed in Turkey on its way back to Spain from Afghanistan.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news