Dutch soldier killed in Afghan attack: ministry

7th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

A first ever successful rocket attack on a Dutch military base in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan left one soldier killed and five injured.

THE HAGUE – A Dutch soldier was killed and five were injured in a rocket attack on a Dutch military base in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on Monday, an armed forces spokesman said.

"Soldier first class Azdin Chadli, 20, died in a rocket attack on Kamp Holland at 1800 Afghan time (1330 GMT)," defence ministry spokesman Robin Middel told AFP.

Five others, aged between 19 and 24, including a woman, were injured in the first of two attacks with 107 millimetre rockets, he said.

Chadli is the 19th Dutch soldier to be killed in Afghanistan since 2006. The soldier from Uden had only been stationed with an active unit in Afghanistan for a week.

It is the first time that a rebel rocket attack has succeeded in injuring Dutch forces stationed at Kamp Holland. One hit Kamp Holland, the other hit a nearby Afghan army base, injuring two Afghan soldiers.

Previous Dutch soldiers were killed while on patrol, often due to roadside bombs.

Middel said there were two attacks on the Dutch base on Monday, the first with two rockets. The second caused no injuries or damage.

About 2,000 Dutch soldiers are deployed in Afghanistan, mostly in Uruzgan, as part of a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The Netherlands last week hosted an international conference on the future of Afghanistan, where 70,000 foreign soldiers are trying to bring peace to a country plagued by violent opposition to the post-Taliban government.

AFP / Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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