Soldier wounded in attack dies

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13 July 2007, AMSTERDAM (AP) - A Dutch soldier wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan this week died Thursday in a hospital in the Netherlands, the Defence Ministry said, making him the ninth fatality the Dutch have suffered since joining the NATO mission in 2006.

 13 July 2007

AMSTERDAM (AP) - A Dutch soldier wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan this week died Thursday in a hospital in the Netherlands, the Defence Ministry said, making him the ninth fatality the Dutch have suffered since joining the NATO mission in 2006.

The victim was identified as 1st Lt. Tom Krist, 24.

"We feel intensely sorry for his loved ones," the ministry said in a statement. "Tom devoted himself bravely for a better future for the Afghan people ... The Afghan people can count on it that we will continue Tom's work for peace and safety in Afghanistan."

The attack Tuesday in the Dihrawudat district, in the southern tip of Uruzgan province, also killed 17 civilians, including 13 elementary school students, and wounded seven other Dutch soldiers and 35 Afghan civilians.

The U.N. and NATO quickly condemned the attack for killing so many civilians, and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai called the attack "cowardly work."

The Taliban claimed responsibility.

The Dutch government is deliberating over whether to extend the mission of the country's 2000-strong force past its official end date in August 2008.

[Copyright AP 2007]

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