Swedish soldiers shot in Afghanistan firefight

Two Swedish soldiers are recovering after sustaining injuries in a firefight in the vicinity of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan late on Thursday evening.

The Swedish soldiers were patrolling with Finnish soldiers when their ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) armoured vehicle came under rocket fire. The soldiers were then attacked with high calibre rifles.

In the ensuing skirmish one Swedish soldier was shot in the leg while another was shot in the hip.

“He was operated on during the night and the condition of both is described as stable. They are currently in the German field hospital in Marmal,” Philip Simon at the Swedish defence forces told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

The soldiers engaged the enemy fighter and at least three of the attackers were reported to have been killed.

After the exchange of fire the operation continued its patrol as scheduled.

Swedish forces have been operating in Afghanistan since 2002. Since then two Swedes have been killed.

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