Dutch resume patrols after bomb attack
22 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — Dutch troops in the Afghan province of Uruzgan resumed patrols without helmets over the weekend despite Friday's suicide bomb attack that left five soldiers injured.
22 January 2007
AMSTERDAM — Dutch troops in the Afghan province of Uruzgan resumed patrols without helmets over the weekend despite Friday's suicide bomb attack that left five soldiers injured.
The Defence Ministry also denied reports that troops had become alarmed by the fact they are not wearing helmets while on patrol, newspaper 'De Volkskrant reported' on Monday.
The ministry said it would maintain its policy, dubbed the Dutch Approach, which aims to avoid any display of aggression to win the confidence of the Afghan population.
The five Dutch soldiers injured last week had their un-helmeted heads outside the roof of their armoured vehicle when the attack occurred.
Defence Minister Henk Kamp confirmed on Saturday that a suicide bomber had driven a vehicle packed with explosives into the Dutch military vehicle.
It had earlier been unclear whether a roadside bomb or suicide bomber had carried out the attack.
The injured troops are still being treated in Afghan hospitals. Some of them are expected back in the Netherlands at the start of this week.
Both Minister Kamp and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende have been in contact with the Dutch military commander in Uruzgan.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news