Dutch involved in action in Uruzgan
12 February 2007, AMSTERDAM – An Afghan solider was killed in a joint action by Dutch and Afghan troops recently. Another Afghan soldier and four Afghan police officers were injured.
12 February 2007
AMSTERDAM – An Afghan solider was killed in a joint action by Dutch and Afghan troops recently. Another Afghan soldier and four Afghan police officers were injured.
There were no casualties among the Dutch. The Afghan army arrested ten insurgents and several fighters were presumably killed. The Defence Ministry announced this on Sunday.
About 200 troops were deployed in the action northeast of the provincial capital of Tarin Kowt. The soldiers attempted to raid a farmhouse where bombs were reportedly being made. Some 20 insurgents opened fire on the Dutch and Afghans when they approached the house. No explosives were found in the house however.
A building which the defence department says was used as the insurgents’ command post during the attack was later dismantled. The insurgents had fired upon the Dutch and Afghans from this site.
Apache helicopters lent support during the fighting and were also fired upon. A spokesperson for the defence department says that no special forces were involved in the action.
The individuals arrested were not brought to the Dutch base Kamp Holland but were taken prisoner by the Afghan National Army (ANA). They will be handed over to the Afghan National Department of Security (NDS).
A Dutch diplomat and representatives from the Dutch troops in Uruzgan visited the NDS prison last year. They were checking up on the treatment of prisoners the Dutch had handed over to the Afghan authorities.
Defence Minister Henk Kamp said that it was noted at the time that the prisoners were being treated properly and that the Afghans were following through on the agreements they had made with the Dutch regarding the treatment of prisoners.
[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news