A Danish soldier was killed in an explosion overnight during a patrol in
Afghanistan. The soldier’s relatives have been informed.
Army Operational Command (HOK) said in a release that the Task Force 7 soldier
had been on joint foot patrol with Afghan Police Special Forces in the Upper
Gereshk Valley in Helmand Province.
HOK International Force Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jens Riis told pol.dk that
the patrol was about to search a farm when what is believed to have been a
roadside bomb exploded.
The soldier was a member of Army Special Forces headquartered in Aalborg. Task
Force 7 is a special unit that acts as a mentor for the Lashkar Gah-based
Afghan Police Special Forces.
The death is the first Danish loss in Afghanistan since September 3, 2011.
Fifty-one Danish soldiers have lost their lives during international
operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2002, 43 of whom have died in
“It is with great sorrow that I must announce the death of one of our highly
experienced soldiers during an operation in Afghanistan,” says HOK
Commanding Officer Major General Agner Rokos.
“We will do everything we can to help the family at home and support
colleagues in Helmand,” he adds.
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