Romanian soldier killed in Afghanistan convoy attack

1 Romanian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Kandahar Attack

1 Romanian Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Kandahar Attack

The Ministry of Defense of Romanian earlier this evening confirmed that one of the three soldiers wounded in the attack succumbed to his injuries.

The soldiers were on a patrol in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar region on September 15 when the vehicle crashed into their convoy, the ministry said in a statement.

"A small number of Resolute Support service members were wounded today when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted their patrol in Kandahar", Nato-led Resolute Support Mission (RSM) said in a statement.

Local officials, however, said the injured soldiers were from Romania, which has been a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member since 2004 and is contributing more than 620 troops to the alliance's mission in Afghanistan.

A United States military helicopter flies over the site of a suicide bomb that struck a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2017.

The Taliban was driven from power in Afghanistan by a USA -led invasion following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States - carried out by Al-Qaeda, whose leaders were sheltered by the Taliban.

Kandahar has been among the relatively calm provinces in southern Afghanistan during the recent years but the security situation of the province, particularly, the remote districts have started to deteriorate during the recent months and after the Taliban militants increased their focus on key southern provinces after they launched their spring offensive in April this year.

The injured soldiers received first aid on the spot and were then taken to the nearest military hospital. "NATO forces ... remain permanent targets of potential insurgent attacks".

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