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Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan firefight

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12:39 CET+01:00
For the second night running Swedish soldiers have been in the firing line in Afghanistan. The soldiers were on night patrol west of Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday night when they became involved in a firefight.

Soldiers from the Swedish FS 15 contingent in Mazar-i-Sharif became involved in an exchange of fire as they conducted a night patrol in the Aqcha district west of Mazar-i-Sharif.

A group of around ten soldiers from the Nato Isaf force were involved. No Swedish casualties were reported, according to Simon Rothstein of the Swedish defence forces.

Rothstein confirmed that the troops were undertaking a military patrol.

"It was a planned military operation," he said.

Swedish soldiers are engaged on Saturday with delivering medicine and hospital equipment to a clinic in Aqcha.

This is the second consecutive night that Swedish soldiers have come under enemy fire. On Thursday night Swedish soldiers patrolling together with Afghani police came under fire near the town of Shebergan, south-west of Aqcha. The soldiers returned fire but no casualties have been reported.

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