Danish soldier killed in Afghanistan: Military

A Danish soldier was killed in a firefight in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 21:29 PM IST

Copenhagen: A Danish soldier was killed
in a firefight on Saturday in the southern Afghan province of
Helmand, the Danish military said.

"It is with great grief that I must announce that this
morning we lost a Danish soldier," acting army chief Major
General Peter Kuehnel said in a statement.

The soldier`s unit was engaged in a firefight while
patrolling an area east of its base in Bridzar, the military
said. The soldier was evacuated by helicopter to the Danish
field hospital at Camp Bastion but "despite efforts,
the soldier`s life could unfortunately not be saved," the
statement said.

There are some 750 Danish troops in NATO`s
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Most are in
Helmand province under British command.

Saturday`s death brought to 36 the number of Danish
soldiers killed in combat in Afghanistan since the deployment
began. Two others died outside of combat, one of a heart
attack and the other by suicide.

PTI