While on the move in convoy forty killometres west of the city of Mazar i sharif, Swedish vehicles were fired on - but no one was injured. The northern zone of Afghanistan where the Swedes are based as part of a NATO-led force has been very quiet. Until the winter of 2008. Now attacks are a far more regular occurance against the Swedish troops and the Afghan police and military that they are there to assist.
The force commander says he is not 100% sure whether the attacks are coming from Taliban who have moved from the North, of from local criminals. But he does think that, since Afghanistan is to see a presidential election in the autumn, that could mean an increased offensive by taliban-influenced groups.