Son of Dutch military chief killed in Afghanistan

18th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

Two soldiers have been killed when a roadside bomb went off, bringing total death toll of Dutch soldiers to 16.

18 April 2008

URUZGAN - Another two Dutch soldiers have been killed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan. The soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb went off while they were on patrol close to Camp Holland. Two others were injured and one of them was in critical condition.

The dead soldiers have been named as 22-year-old Corporal Schouwink and 23-year-old Lieutenant Dennis van Uhm. He is the son of General Peter van Uhm, who took over as commander-in-chief of the Dutch Armed Forces on Thursday.

In a statement, Acting Commander-In-Chief of the Dutch Armed Forces General Freek Meulman said that the patrol was part of a larger operation currently underway in the area around Camp Holland.

General Meulman emphasised that there is absolutely no evidence that General van Uhm's son was specifically targeted.

The latest deaths bring the total number of Dutch soldiers killed since the start of the Uruzgan mission in August 2006 to 16.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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