MADRID, Spain - A Spanish military vehicle struck a mine in Afghanistan Monday while on a mission to distribute aid, and the explosion killed one soldier and wounded six others, a Spanish Defense Ministry spokesman told CNN.
Killed was a Colombian national, Jon Felipe Romero Meneses, in his early twenties, serving with Spain's armed forces. The identities and conditions of the six wounded soldiers were not immediately available, said the spokeswoman, who by custom is not identified.
The blast happened in Qala-i-Naw province in Afghanistan, where the Spanish troops were escorting a U.N. World Food Programme convoy to distribute aid. Spain has more than 800 troops in Afghanistan serving in the NATO-led mission and the government has recently committed to send several hundred more, partly in response to the Obama administration's request for more troops from allied nations.
Spain has had troops in Afghanistan since 2002, and more than 22 Spanish soldiers have died there, including two in November 2008 when a suicide bomber rammed their convoy, and 17 in a helicopter crash in August 2005.