Dutch soldier killed in Afghan attack

21st September 2007, Comments 0 comments

21 September 2007, THE HAGUE (AFP) - A 20-year-old Dutch soldier was killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan when his patrol came under mortar fire, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and army chief Dick Berlijn said.

21 September 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - A 20-year-old Dutch soldier was killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan when his patrol came under mortar fire, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and army chief Dick Berlijn said.

Tim Hoogland was killed about five kilometres north of the Dutch base at Deh Rawod in Uruzgan province, they said, according to the Dutch news agency ANP.

He is the 11th Dutch soldier killed in Afghanistan, either accidentally or in combat.

At present, 1,665 Dutch soldiers are deployed in Uruzgan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which has around 37,000 troops in Afghanistan.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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