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Swedish soldier injured in Afghanistan

TT/The Local · 11 Oct 2009, 17:20

Published: 11 Oct 2009 17:20 GMT+02:00

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The Swedish and Finnish forces were on patrol in the company of Afghanistan police officers when they came under fire near Sayyad in the western part of their area of responsibility in war-torn Afghanistan.

None of the soldiers were seriously injured and the injured soldier is expected to respond well to treatment and be back in service within a couple of days, according to a Swedish defence forces statement.

The unit was the second involving Swedish forces which came under attack during the course of Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday morning a unit was attacked in the area west of Mazar-i-Sharif, close to where two Swedish soldiers were injured in a firefight on Thursday. No one was hurt in the attack.

The injured Swedish soldier is currently in the care of a German field hospital in Camp Marmal.

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TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

23:09 October 11, 2009 by Noni
Why a Swedish soldier is in Afghanistan ?? Is he on a visit visa :) ?? Any information....
23:15 October 11, 2009 by sherkovic
He was there defending the borders of his country....ops what did I just say??
23:47 October 11, 2009 by DaTraveler
Swedes are in the toughest combat in well over 200 years. 1 could say the Balkans and the operations in the Congo of the 60's were quite heated, but the Northern regions of Afghanistan is nearly full out combat.
10:15 October 12, 2009 by peropaco
Well, it is better than being shot in Sweden by an Afghan refugee; that's for sure
11:59 October 14, 2009 by Eric the Red
Northern Afghanistan is a very beautiful area filled with all sorts of hillbillys that will shoot at you for little more reason than you drove thru their valley or because they are bored. Luck favors the bold in most of those situations. I wish the soldier speedy recovery! good luck and dont forget the first rule of combat: come home alive at the end of the day, the second rule is dont screw up the first rule.
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