Finnish soldier dies in Afghanistan

Four Norwegians hurt in the attack, which occurred in a relatively peaceful province.

    ISAF soldiers in remote areas of Afghanistan are a favoured target of attack by Taliban fighters [AFP]
    In the Norwegian capital, Oslo, a spokesman for the Norwegian joint command said the Norwegians were slightly injured.
     
    "Two Norwegian officers were injured - it was minor not life threatening - and two other Norwegians suffered superficial injuries," Lieutenant-Colonel John Inge Ogland said.
     
    It was the first time a Finnish soldier was killed on duty in Afghanistan, where the neutral Nordic country has some 70 peacekeepers.
     
    Norway, a Nato-member, has 650 troops in the country, including some 100 at the Maymana base.
     
    Policeman killed
     
    Meanwhile, in Kabul on Wednesday, a new suicide blast struck, killing a  policeman and wounding six Afghans and a foreigner, according to  police and a witness.
     
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    The interior ministry said the attacker, who was on a motorcycle,  had been spotted by police and was being chased when he blew himself up "before reaching his target."

     
    The witness said, however, he had seen a motorcyclist chase an  armoured vehicle of foreigners for about 100 metres and then blow  himself up when one of the occupants pulled a gun on him.
     
    The blast appeared to strike the vehicle. "I could see a man covered in blood inside the vehicle. It drove away," said the man,who did not give his name.

    On Sunday, at least 14 people were killed and dozens wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a busy market in eastern Afghanistan.
     
    The Taliban claimed credit for the bombing in Gardez which came a day after a suicide blast in the northern town of Kunduz killed 10 people, including three German soldiers.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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