Military

First female Danish soldier killed in Afghanistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jun 2, IRNA -- The first female Danish soldier has died during a tour of duty in Afghanistan, the Danish military command announced in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Army Private Sophia Bruun was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday when the Piranha personnel carrier she was travelling in was hit by an improvised explosive device close to Bridzar military post, located six kilometers northeast of Gereskh in Helmand province.

According to the military, the 22-year-old trooper was killed instantly and two of her colleagues were slightly injured in the attack.

Bruun was manning the gun on the personnel carrier when the assault occurred.

Only hours later, three additional soldiers were wounded – one seriously – by a
mine planted close to the site where the first attack took place.

Some 31 Danish soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002, not including one soldier who committed suicide.

More than 100 soldiers have been wounded since Denmark's 750-strong contingent moved into Helmand province in 2006.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1154041



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