February 1st, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Spain: Explosion kills soldier, wounds 6

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.

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  1. Gabriel Garcia

    I believe that this blood bath should stop asap other wise they will keep spreading the terror around the globe without no merci. The US and NATO and the other parts involved on this war should get their troops back and give those soldiers a new job and work for a strong economy letting the Talibans killing each other over there.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    We should negotiate with all the Taliban and not only with those self-stiled"moderates"who
    are open to bribery from NATO.We need to get the Taliban and the Karzai government
    together.The United States and NATO should give up all hopes of conquring Afghanistan
    like the Russians did twenty years ago.Our current policy of killing and torture of political
    prisoners really stink to high heaven.I say enough is enough.

    February 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |