Dutch soldiers injured in Afghanistan blast: ministry

21st June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Three Dutch soldiers were wounded Saturday when their light armoured vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, the defence ministry said

The Hague - Three Dutch soldiers were wounded Saturday when their light armoured vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, the defence ministry said.

"Two soldiers were seriously injured and one sustained light injuries," ministry spokesman Robin Middel told AFP.

One of the three men was admitted to a military hospital in Kandahar in a critical but stable condition. The other two were being treated at the Dutch base camp, Kamp Holland.

The incident happened around 4:00 pm Afghan time, 10 kilometres east of the town of Deh Rawod in the southern Uruzgan province, Middel said.

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

Nineteen Dutch soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2006.

AFP / Expatica

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