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Finnish Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

A Finnish peacekeeper with the ISAF forces in Northern Afghanistan was killed on Tuesday in a blast from an improvised roadside bomb.

The attack took place in Samangan Province, and according to a statement from the Finnish Defence Forces the victim was Senior Lieutenant Jukka Kansonen.

The officer's family have been informed, and plans are being drawn up for the return of his body to Finland.

The vehicle in which Lt. Kansonen was travelling was apparently toppled by the explosion, which occurred while the troops were on their way to a range on Tuesday morning. Lt. Kansonen was killed instantly by the blast. None of the other soldiers in the party of four was believed to have suffered injuries.

President Tarja Halonen has offered her condolences to the family of Lt. Kansonen, who is the second Finnish soldier to die in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi also expressed her condolences on behalf of the Finnish government.

Sgt. Petri Immonen was also killed by a roadside bomb in May of 2007.

There are currently just under 200 Finnish soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. Although conditions in the north of the country are widely recognised to be more stable than in Helmand Province to the south, Finnish and Swedish troops have been attacked on dozens of occasions, not only with IEDs but also with small arms fire and mortar attacks.

Click to view image: 'Finnish Troops drive through Northern Afghanistan'

Finnish soldiers in Afghanistan

Finnish troops drive through Northern Afghanistan

Added: Feb-15-2011 Occurred On: Feb-15-2011
By: bravo61
Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: Afghanistan, Finland, IED, KIA, Finnish Army, Finnish Defence Forces, Samangan Province, ISAF, RC North
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