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Arrests After Shooting of ISAF-Soldiers

Published tisdag 9 februari 2010 kl 13.00
A memorial service in tribute of the two fallen soldiers and the interpreter, held in the chapel of the Swedish ISAF-force in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.

The Swedish Defence has confirmed that a number of people have been taken in for questioning in Afghanistan, in connection with the shooting which killed two Swedish officers and their interpreter on Sunday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Swedish tabloid Expressen reported that three men have been arrested in Afghanistan, suspected of collaborating with the man who fired the deadly shot.

The man who fired the shots was dressed in police uniform and had previously had some collaboration with the Swedish Armed Forces in Afghanistan, although it is not yet confirmed what kind of relation they were in. After he shot the two Swedes and their Afghan interpreter, he was immediately killed by other Swedish troops.

A team of investigators is now on its way to Afghanistan to clarify the circumstances of the shooting.

The transport that will take the bodies of the two Swedish soldiers back to Sweden has been delayed due to the weather conditions in Afghanistan. A third Swedish soldier was shot in the foot during the shooting, and is currently being treated at the German Field Hospital in Marmal.

The Swedish ISAF-contingency consist of some 500 soldiers, and is located in and around Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

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