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4 Swedish soldiers injured in Afghanistan blast
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-25 23:02:14

    KABUL, Nov. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Four Swedish soldier were injured Friday afternoon in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, a local police officer said.

    "This afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. in Mazar-e-Sharif a Swedish vehicle belongs to ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) hit a bomb on the way back from the buzkashi game. Four Swedish soldiers were injured, and one of them is in very serious condition," Shir Durani, spokesperson of the provincial police chief told Xinhua.

    At the same time, an interpreter of the Swedish soldiers said on condition of anonymity that one Swedish soldier was killed, three others were injured.

    About 11,000-strong NATO-led ISAF forces stationed in Afghanistan after the collapse of Taliban in late 2001. They continued with the cleanup operation of Taliban remains to stabilize the war-ravaged country.

    Taliban intensified the attacks against ISAF troops recently. On Nov. 18, two ISAF vehicles suddenly hit a landmine when they were patrolling in Kabul. One Portuguese soldier was killed and three other soldiers were injured.

    This accident followed two suicide explosions on Nov. 14 in Kabul in which at least six persons including one German peacekeeper were killed, and several other soldiers including three German and Greek soldiers were injured. Enditem

    

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