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Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic must confirm the death of a Czech soldier from the Special Operation Group of the Czech Military Police in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Monday 17, 2008.

The 35-year-old Czech soldier died in a suicide attack Monday 17 March 2008 morning when an unknown man approached a group of Danish CIMIC (Civil Military Cooperation) team protected by a group of Czech military policemen at Gereshk town in Afghanistan.

Three Danish soldiers and an Afghan interpreter died also in the attack, and a number of others was injured.

The attack occured at the town of Gereshk, in the southern Afghan Province of Helmand, where Danish soldiers provide humanitarian aid for Afghans and Czech military policemen protect them.

The killed Czech soldier is the second victim of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic in Afghanistan. The first one died in May 2007 as a result of a mudslide at the northeast Afghan province of Badakshan, where Czech soldiers served in German Provincial Reconstruction Team together with Danes.

A unit of 35 Czech military policemen from Czech Special Operation Group of the Military Police has been serving in Helmand Province within British Brigade since April 2007.

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Posted: March 18, 2008