Two Dutch soldiers killed, one wounded in fighting in Afghanistan

January 13, 2008 03:57


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Two Dutch soldiers were killed and one was wounded in separate incidents in Afghanistan, the Netherlands' Defense Ministry said early Sunday. The men who were killed, a 20-year old private and a 22-year old corporal, died during a fire-fight with "opposing militant forces," on Saturday at around 9 p.m. local time, the Ministry said. The fight took place around 5 kilometers northwest of Camp Hadrian, near Deh Rawod, said Gen. Dick Berlijn, the commander of Dutch forces in Afghanistan, in a statement. The soldiers' families have been informed, but their names have not yet been released, the ministry said. The injured man suffered wounds to both legs in a separate fight at around the same time, but is expected to survive, the ministry said. Two Afghan soldiers were killed later the same evening in more fighting, the ministry said.

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