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Commander-in-Chif hits back at media reports

"Friendly fire not responsible for Afghanistan deaths"

Published lördag 5 mars 2011 kl 10.57
Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Göranson doesn't want any blame placed on the other Swedish soldiers in the area at the time. Photo: Fredrik Persson/Scanpix

The Commander-in-Chief of the Swedish Armed Forces, Sverker Göranson, has denied reports that two Swedish soldiers were killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan last year.

Speaking to TV channel TV4, which had originally made the claims, Göranson says that autopsies have not been able to determine the calibre of the guns that killed the soldiers and an Afghan interpreter.

"The best experts in the country have said it's impossible to see what the calibre was. It's dangerous for TV4 to look at parts of the report and speculate like this. You can't just read the protocol from the autopsy and come to a conclusion, you have to take a look at all parts of the investigation, and that's what the technical investigation has done. I think we have come as close to the truth as we can", he told the TV channel Saturday morning.

It cannot be entirely ruled out that friendly fire from other Swedish soldiers may have killed the men, he adds, but says the other soldiers on the spot shouldn't be blamed for anything.

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