Four Finnish peacekeepers wounded in Afghanistan 2009-10-03 22:43:04   Print

    HELSINKI, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Four Finnish peacekeepers were wounded on Saturday after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan, the Finnish Defence Forces said in a statement Saturday.

    This is the first time that Finnish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan have been injured.

    The troops were on patrol on Saturday morning 40 kilometres west of Mazar-i-Sharif when their RG-32 armoured patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

    The military said that all four are being treated in a German field hospital and the soldiers are now in stable conditions.

    Attacks on peacekeeping forces have been on the rise during the summer months in Afghanistan, including in the joint Swedish-Finnish operational area in the north of the country.

    Lauri Inna, a spokesman at the Finnish army headquarters, said that although Finnish troops had come under fire about a dozen times this year, Saturday's explosion was the first time Finnish troops had been wounded.

    This year some 386 foreign soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan. American soldiers account for the majority of foreign military casualties. Currently some 100,000 foreign soldiers are stationed in the country. Finland has around 200 soldiers serving in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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