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Afghanistan

Attacks in Afghanistan Double

Published måndag 20 juli 2009 kl 11.31
Swedish soldiers part of the NATO International Security Assistant Force (ISAF) in Swedish run Mazar Sharif, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attacks on Swedish soldiers in the areas controlled by the Swedish-Finnish NATO peacekeeping force in Afghanistan have doubled, Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet revealed Monday.

In the last twelve weeks, peacekeeping soldiers have been attacked seven times in the area. In April, a Norwegian officer was killed by a suicide bomber in a province under Swedish-Finnish control, and several vehicles have been attacked along Mazar-e-Sharif’s main road since.

"There are guys especially on the Finnish side ... who are thanking someone up above for their survival," said Colonel Olof Granander, the commandor of the NATO-led force, in an interview.

It is still unclear if the Taliban lay behind the attacks.

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