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Latino Daily News

Wednesday June 29, 2011

Spanish Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan by Road Bombs, Making It Deadliest NATO Mission for Spain

Spanish Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan by Road Bombs, Making It Deadliest NATO Mission for Spain

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Two Spanish armed force members in there 20’s are amongst the dead in a deadly bombing in Afghanistan while three other Spaniards were injured this week.  The roadside land mine was tripped when the military vehicle the Spaniards were riding triggered it.

The deceased have been identified as Manual Argudin Perrino from Gijon and Niyireth Pineda Marin, who was born in Colombia. 

This roadside bombings were followed by a deadly hotel insurgency attack in Kabul.  The hotel attack was the first major act of violence in the capital in more than a year.  At least 21 people were killed and NATO troops helped end the siege.

The Afghanistan mission has been the deadliest international mission for Spain with 96 Spaniards being killed thus far.  The government has announced it will withdraw all troops from the region by 2014.  Spanish soldiers are part of the NATO-led international security assistance force that is responsible for patrolling certain sectors of Afghanistan.