Another Dutch soldier killed in Afghanistan
A 44-year-old Dutch sergeant became the 21st soldier to die in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.The Hague – A Dutch soldier with the NATO forces in Afghanistan died on Monday when his army vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device in the province of Uruzgan, the defence ministry said.
Sergeant-Major Mark Leijsen, 44, became the 21st member of the 1,800-strong Dutch contingent in Afghanistan to die since 2006.
Three other Dutch troops and an Afghan interpreter who were with Leijsen in the vehicle were injured in the explosion, said a ministry statement. They are all in a stable condition.
The Netherlands began committing troops to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2006. About 1,800 Dutch soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan, mostly in the southern Uruzgan province, as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
On Sunday, another Dutch soldier died on Sunday after being wounded in a firefight with suspected Taliban insurgents.
Corporal Kevin van de Rijdt, 26, died in the firefight that took place at Deh Rahwood in the southern Oruzgan province, ministry spokeswoman Marloes Visser told AFP.
The Netherlands began committing troops to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2006. Of the 1,800 Dutch troops 1,600 are stationed in Oruzgan.
AFP / Expatica