Landmine injures two Canuck (Canadian) soldiers (Afghanistan)


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Two Canadian soldiers were injured when their vehicle ran over a landmine near Maywand, Afghanistan.


(02.04.2007)

The soldiers were evacuated to the base hospital at the NATO base in Kandahar.

Lt. Chris Courtemanche said the soldiers, from the National Support Element, have been treated for non-life-threatening injuries and their families have been notified.

Courtemanche said the soldiers were in a supply convoy, but wouldn't say what kind of vehicle they were in.

The damaged vehicle was towed back to the base in Kandahar. Canadian troops in Afghanistan have been reporting an increased number of mines and roadside bombs.

Meanwhile, the Taliban yesterday executed three men accused of spying for NATO and government forces in southern Afghanistan, a local militant commander and villager said.

Separately, a suicide car bomber blew himself up yesterday near an Afghan army convoy in eastern Laghman province, killing five civilians, police said.

The three men from the southern province of Helmand were arrested and allegedly "confessed to their crime" of being spies for NATO and the Afghan government, said Mullah Abdul Qasim, a Taliban commander in the north of Helmand.

Qasim said information from the three men led to the deaths of two Taliban commanders.

A villager from Musa Qala, Namatullah Khan, said the lifeless body of one of the men was left hanging in the town's main street for three hours before villagers took him down and buried the corpse.

"The Taliban told the other people of Musa Qala that whoever gives information to the government and our enemies will be punished in the same way as this informer," he said.

Another man was hanged from a tree near a bridge by the town of Gereshk.

A third man was executed between Gereshk and Musa Qala, said Naeem Shah, a resident of Gereshk, the village where the two bodies were later taken.

NATO last month launched its largest ever military operation to root out militants in the northern part of Helmand, the world's leading opium-producing region.

Von: 02.04.2007 www.edmontonsun.com

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