Two Dutch sailors die in traffic accident

28th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2006, AMSTERDAM —Two Dutch sailors have been killed in a traffic accident in the African state of Djibouti, the Ministry of Defence announced on Friday.

28 April 2006

AMSTERDAM —Two Dutch sailors have been killed in a traffic accident in the African state of Djibouti, the Ministry of Defence announced on Friday.

The victims, a 23-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were assigned to the naval supply ship Hr. Ms. Amsterdam. The vessel was in Djibouti on its return journey to the Netherlands.

Five members of the Amsterdam's crew were in a local taxi which was in collision with a bus on Thursday. The tax driver was also killed and one of the other sailors was seriously injured. The other two escaped with light injuries.

The Amsterdam has been in the Arabian Sea from October 2005 as part of Task Force 150, the international fleet supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The ship ended its tour of duty on 24 April.

The families of the victims have been informed and officers of the Military Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee) are travelling to the African state to help investigate the cause of the accident.

Djibouti hosts the only US military base in sub-Saharan Africa and is considered to be a front-line state in the war on terrorism.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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