A Swedish soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday when the armoured vehicle he was driving was hit by a roadside bomb. On Monday two Swedish soldiers were injured when their patrol was attacked with small arms fire.
Our thoughts and condolences go to the family and friends of 22 year old Kenneth Wallin. The events of the past few days remind us that every death is a personal tragedy and a source of pain and distress for those that served alongside serviceman Wallin in Mazar-i-Sharif. Nothing can change that. But Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt reminded us that Sweden is working in Afghanistan alongside its allies from the UK and 45 other nations not to win a war but to build a peace. That matters, and that struggle continues.