Two soldiers killed in Afghan attack

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007 , MADRID - Two Spanish soldiers were killed and another three were badly injured in Afghanistan on Monday when their military convoy was hit by an explosion, a Spanish defence ministry spokesman said.

24 September 2007

MADRID - Two Spanish soldiers were killed and another three were badly injured in Afghanistan on Monday when their military convoy was hit by an explosion, a Spanish defence ministry spokesman said.

An Iranian interpreter working with the Spanish troops may have also been killed as a result of the blast, the defence ministry added in a statement.

"There was an explosion when the convoy or armoured vehicles passed. We can't say what kind of explosion," the spokesman said, adding it occurred near Shewan in the western province of Farah.

Farah has experienced a steady rise recently in Taliban activity.

In May a Spanish military commander in Afghanistan said reinforcements were needed in the west of the country to help quell growing unrest there.

Spain has some 700 troops in western Afghanistan who are taking part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2002, 85 Spanish troops have died there. Almost all of the deaths were due to accidents but four soldiers, including Monday's casualties, have been killed in attacks by presumed Afghan insurgents.

Earlier on Monday NATO forces freed two kidnapped Italian soldiers in a military operation in western Afghanistan, where Spanish troops are also based, which left both men wounded.

(Copyright AFP and EFE with Expatica)

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