Spanish soldier killed in Afghanistan

October 7th, 2009 - 8:01 pm ICT by BNO News  

Corporal Cristo Ancor Cabello Santana MADRID / KABUL (BNO NEWS) – A Spanish soldier was killed and several others were injured in an attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the country’s defense ministry confirmed.

The attack happened around 12 noon local time (9.30 a.m. Spanish time) near Shinwashan, in the country’s west. One Spanish soldier died while five others sustained minor or moderate injuries after an improvised explosive device exploded near their convoy.

The six casualties were immediately evacuated to hospital ROLE 2 at the forward support base in the city of Herat, where they were treated for their injuries, according to Captain Manuel Vázquez Muñoz, a spokesman for the defense ministry.

Corporal Cristo Ancor Cabello Santana died at 1.40 p.m. local time (11.10 a.m. Spanish time) while he was in surgery at the hospital. “The doctors couldn’t do anything to save his life,” a press statement said. “The other injured have been treated for injuries they have suffered.”

Santana was a native of Las Palmas and joined the Spanish Army in 2003. He was stationed in the Light Infantry Regiment “Soria 9,” which is based in Las Palmas. Santana was earlier awarded a United Nations medal for his role in Lebanon.

The victims were on a vehicle that was part of Task Force Fuerteventura as it was conducting a reconnaissance patrol east of Herat. Part of the patrol were eight light armored personnel carriers, one URO VAMTAC, which is a four-wheel drive military vehicle similar to the Humvee, and one vehicle recovery truck. Further, the patrol included a bomb disposal team, a tactical unit, a medical unit and also had tactical air support to ensure the maximum safety possible.

The unit was conducting the patrol to show its presence in the area and to dismantle illegal Taliban checkpoints in the area.

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