Norwegian soldier accidentally kills an Afghan
Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 01:23
Oslo: A grenade accidentally set off by a Norwegian soldier on Wednesday killed one Afghan civilian and injured another at a police post in northern Afghanistan, the Norwegian army said.

"Wednesday morning, an accidental blast was fired by a Norwegian soldier at the headquarters of the Afghan police in the Almar district in the (northern) province of Faryab," the army said in a statement.

The army indicated that the accident occurred as munitions were being loaded into a grenade launcher mounted on a vehicle.

Two employees of a plumbing company doing maintenance work within the camp were hit by shards of the blast, the statement added.

"One person died from his injuries at the scene. The other was lightly injured and evacuated by helicopter to be treated in a hospital," near the Norway's main military base in Faryab, the statement said.

Norwegian military police will investigate alongside Afghan police the circumstances surrounding the accident, the army said.

Norway has around 500 military personnel in Afghanistan, primarily in Kabul and in the north.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 01:23

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