Danish soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

January 9, 2011 14:09

COPENHAGEN, Denmark  — The Danish army said one of its troops has been killed by improvised explosives in southern Afghanistan.

The army said the soldier was on patrol Sunday six kilometers (four miles) northeast of the town of Gereshk in Helmand province when he was hit by the blast.It said he was evacuated by helicopter but was declared dead upon arrival at the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

Thirty-eight Danish troops have been killed in Afghanistan since Denmark joined the U.S.-led coalition in 2002.

The Scandinavian country has more than 700 troops serving in the NATO-led force. Most are based in Helmand province.

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