Soldier injured by bomb attack on Dutch convoy
7 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch solider was injured by a bomb attack on a convoy in southern Iraq on Thursday.
7 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch solider was injured by a bomb attack on a convoy in southern Iraq on Thursday.
The injured soldier was treated at the mobile hospital at the main Dutch base at As Samawah. His condition was described as good given the circumstances.
His convoy of eight vehicles was hit by the bomb on the edge of the Iraqi city Ar Rumaythah, where 204 Dutch soldiers are based.
Apache attack helicopters and the specialist Quick Reaction Force was scrambled to bring him to safety.
Bomb disposal experts were also called in to search for more devices.
The Netherlands currently has 1,345 marines and other military personnel serving with the multinational stabilisation force in Iraq. Some 639 are based at As Samawah, with the second biggest contingent at Ar Rumaythah.
Two Dutch soldiers have died in Iraq since the force was deployed in August last year.
Dutch sergeant Jeroen Severs died and five other soldiers were seriously wounded when their patrol was ambushed in August. Eight Iraqis arrested in connection with the incident were released on Thursday due to lack of evidence.
Sergeant Dave Steensma was killed in May when insurgents threw grenades at his patrol.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news