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Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan firefight

TT/The Local/pvs · 28 Nov 2010, 12:14

Published: 28 Nov 2010 10:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Nov 2010 12:14 GMT+01:00

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No Swedes were injured in the exchange of fire and seven armed combatants were arrested.

"It is calm there now but the operation is ongoing and they will remain during the night. But they are counting on being able to continue on Sunday," said Marie Tisäter at the Swedish Armed Forces in Stockholm on Saturday evening.

Swedish forces had during Friday and Saturday been operating together with Afghan forces to conduct search operations in the troubled area west of Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country.

The Swedes have been involved in several recent incidents in the area. The soldiers were on this occasion shot at with a grenade launcher, among other weapons, but escaped without injury.

On Friday the Afghan forces met resistance from armed fighters and detained seven people.

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An Afghan woman was injured in the fighting on Saturday and was rushed to hospital by helicopter ambulance. Fighting intensified in the area during Saturday afternoon, but eased off as night fell.

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/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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12:34 November 28, 2010 by mo aj
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14:21 November 28, 2010 by Dazzler
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01:30 November 29, 2010 by seagull
I'm holding my thumbs for these guys. Just like all the UN troops. Stay positive, it's a battle worth fighting.
03:15 November 29, 2010 by mo aj
dont you see the wikileaks files that all this wars are games by politicians and they make the general public fools, they live lavish life and stealing money by black contracts.
06:10 November 29, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Swedes discharging their weapons in anger on a battlefield: Front Page News!
08:52 November 29, 2010 by Alf Garnett
That's what soldiers do!!

Hope they didn't waste any of their bullets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
09:41 November 29, 2010 by wenddiver
Arrested???? These aren't Cops, it's theSwedish Army. They found them, they fixed them where they could not escape, and then they fought them. After LOSING the fight, the Talliban became Swedish Prisioners. That's right people the Talliban didn't die for their cause they quit, gave up, surrendered, dove on their bellies and breathed sand, felt overwhelmed, chicked out, had a terminal Talliban training program failure, decided to go celebate at the POW cage instead of opting for 79 Virgins, depended on the mercy of the Afgan Government, decided they weren't up to this fight.

Way to go Swedish Army. How about some interviews and photos LOCAL???
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