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Swedish officer badly hurt in Afghanistan

Swedish officer badly hurt in Afghanistan

Published: 19 Nov 2010 11:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Nov 2010 11:30 GMT+01:00

A Swedish officer and two Finnish soldiers were seriously injured when their vehicle was shot with a rocket launcher in Afghanistan, according to a Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) statement.

The Swedish-Finnish patrol was operating on the main road from Mazar-e-Sharif and Sheberghan when their came under attack.

"The injured first received help from their colleagues and were then transported by US ambulance helicopter to the German military hospital in Marmal," the statement said.

The attack took place 45 kilometres west of Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, where the Swedish troops are stationed. The weapon used in the attack was an rocket-propelled grenade launcher (RPG).

Reinforcement in the form of air and ground units were sent to the location.

The injured Swedish officer is reported to be from Norrbotten in the north of Sweden and his close relatives have been informed.

Sweden has around 500 troops in Afghanistan. Thus far five Swedish soldiers have died, as well as a Norwegian with dual Swedish citizenship, and an Afghan interpreter employed by the Swedish forces.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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14:11 November 19, 2010 by Lars J
Another tragic day for Sweden. Troops are risking their lives, not for Sweden, but for a failing foreign empire. This incident and the previous deaths were all such a waste of young Swedish lives.
14:56 November 19, 2010 by Åskar
They are professionals. It's their job to be shot at and dying is a calculated occupational hazard.
21:46 November 19, 2010 by Carbarrister
I wish him a speedy recovery.

Semper Fi
22:03 November 19, 2010 by Alf Garnett
Probably came under attack by "Swedish citizens" who just happened to be in the area on a hiking expidition, came across some discarded weapons & decided to have some target practice
07:47 November 20, 2010 by aab05001
Day by day, my admiration increases to Taliban.They are freedom fighters who fight against the foreign occupation of their country. I really think we should fodd the hat to Taliban.

RESISTANCE IS SOMETHING GURANTEED BY THE INTERNATIONAL LAW
09:40 November 20, 2010 by jbat
@aab05001

Supporting or agreeing with Taliban for whatever logic reasons you have will make you Terrorist and you can get a lot of trouble because of it!!!

Beware!!!
11:43 November 20, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
@aab05001: "Their country." You're an idiot. Many of the fighters are foreigners...

Best of luck to the brave soldiers. The Taliban are a cancerous scum that needs to be irradiated.

-HSII
16:44 November 20, 2010 by Revenge
I do not agree with Taliban methods but I do not forget also that the swedish troops are not in their country and not defending sweden.... The question is: Why are they in Afganistan?? Protecting Sweden?????

Wish swedish soldiers safety and fast recovery to the wounded...... AND safe trip back home A.S.A.P.
10:49 November 22, 2010 by chafelix
Perhaps you forget that the Taliban were left to do as they please in Afghanistan, including all the crazy demented islamic practices on their own pupulation and culural heritage(blowing up the buddhas for example). NATO only went in after 9/11, that is after they proudly used Afghanistan to launch attacks against other countries. So yes, they are protecting Sweden in case you missed it. The only problem is with the way the war is fought: Instead of evacuating ALL villages to a safe area, thus depleting the Taliban of food, shelter,recruitments and human shields and destroying them, there is a lackluster politically correct approach. I canot help noting that in the face of mounting civillian casulatiesin the carpet-bombing of Yugoslavia(which had done NOTHING to western countries, unlike Afghanistan), there was a statement of regret adding that "thus, the bombing must intensify". Clearly muslim lives are much more important than Yugoslav(or christian orthodox) lives....
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