Another Dutch soldier dies in Afghanistan

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A Dutch soldier serving with ISAF was killed in an attack with an improvised explosive device in the Afghan province of Uruzgan on Saturday.

The attack also killed a French soldier and an Afghan interpreter and injured four Dutch soldiers, two of them seriously.

The commander-in-chief of the Dutch military Peter van Uhm made the announcement at a press conference in The Hague. The dead soldier has been named as Luc Janzen, a 25-year-old corporal serving with the 42nd armoured infantry battalion, from the Limburg Jagers regiment based in Oirschot.

The attack took place in the Tanji Valley between Tarin Kowt and Deh Rawod. French forces had called on their Dutch colleagues for assistance in disarming a roadside bomb. After the device had been defused, the convoy began to move off but ran into the second device; all of the victims were in two open-top lorries.

Last month, two Dutch soldiers were killed and one injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. So far, 24 Dutch soldiers have been killed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan.


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