Five others were injured when their vehicle drove over a mine on the outskirts of Herat
A Spanish soldier has died in Afghanistan after his army vehicle drove over a mine near Syah Washan, on the outskirts of Herat, at around 9.30 local time on Wednesday morning. The Defence Ministry names him as Corporal Cristo Ancor Cabello Santana from the Soria 9th Infantry Regiment.
He was on patrol with a convoy of the Fuerteventura Task Force to dismantle illegal checkpoints in the Pashtun Zarghun district, to the east of Herat, when the explosion happened, and it’s understood that five other soldiers who were in the vehicle with him were also hurt by the blast. There has been no information as yet on the extent of their injuries.
The Corporal was transferred with the other injured to the Role 2 hospital but died shortly after he arrived.
A new Spanish contingent of 63 soldiers from the Rey Alfonso XIII Legion Brigade were flown to Afghanistan from Almería Airport this Tuesday to provide logistics support to the Afghan Army. They relieve another Spanish contingent and are on a six-month mission in the country, based at Camp Stone, near Herat.
It’s been revealed that BMR vehicle which was hit was not prepared to resist the Taliban mines. The vehicle was more than 30 years old and part of a program to be replaced, but despite spending 75 million € on 100 new vehicles in June 2008 the first models will not actually arrive in Afghanistan until November this year.
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