Son of Dutch military chief among 2 dead in Afghanistan blast

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April 18, 2008 13:35

The son of the Netherlands' top military officer was killed early Friday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the day after his father assumed command of the Dutch armed forces, the Defense Ministry said. Lt. Dennis van Uhm, 23, was among two Dutch soldiers killed and two wounded in the explosion, 12 kilometers northwest of the Dutch military base in Uruzgan province known as Camp Holland, said spokesman Lt. Gen. Freek Meulman. The second fatality was not fully identified. The soldiers' vehicle was returning to base after a large reconnaissance mission in the area, where they face Taliban insurgents, the military said. "There is no reason to believe that the roadside bomb attack was directed at Lt. Van Uhm," Meulman said.


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