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Eight Dutch soldiers wounded by roadside bombs in Afghanistan
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08:49, April 01, 2008

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Eight Dutch soldiers have been wounded by roadside bombs in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan in the past week, Dutch paper Trouw reported Monday.

Five Dutch soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in two roadside bomb attacks in Uruzgan Sunday. In the first attack, three people were wounded when their vehicle drove over a roadside bomb while patrolling near the city of Tarin Kowt.

A soldier lost both legs and was reported to be in a critical condition. Two other soldiers in the vehicle were slightly injured.

In the second incident seven hours later, two more Dutch soldiers were slightly injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb while patrolling near Tarin Kowt.

Last Thursday, three Dutch soldiers were slightly wounded when their vehicle drove over a roadside bomb near Chora in Uruzgan.

Roadside bombs, or improvised explosive devices, pose a serious threat to NATO troops in Afghanistan. Since the Dutch troops' deployment in Uruzgan in August 2006, three Dutch soldiers have been killed by roadside bombs.


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