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Czech soldier - member of PRT Logar - 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 - member of PRT Logar, Afghanistan - on Wednesday 30 April, 2008.

The 29-year-old Czech soldier died after an improvised explosive device burst up under the HMMWV vehicle used by the Czech contingent serving at the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar, Afghanistan.

Four other Czech soldiers were injured, one of them seriously. All soldiers were transported to the American Field Hospital at Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, for immediate treatment.

The killed Czech soldier is the third 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. The second one died in March 2008 in a suicide attack by an unknown man who approached a group of Danish CIMIC (Civil Military Cooperation) team protected by a squad of Czech military policemen at Gereshk town, province of Helmand.

The Czech PRT contingent of about two hundred soldiers and seven civilians assumed its operational task on 19 March 2008. All PRT members go on in their efforts to help Afghans reconstruct their war-stricken country.

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Posted: May 5, 2008