Romanian soldier injured in Afghanistan

A Romanian soldier was injured yesterday morning in Afghanistan after his patrol was attacked by insurgents. The soldier was taken to Lagman base where he underwent surgery and is now in stable condition.

The Ministry of Defense said First Sergeant Bida Ionel Eugen, member of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team number 1 deployed in Zabul province was injured yesterday around 9 AM Romanian time.

The NCO was part of a joint Romanian-Afghan team that came under small arms fire from insurgents while on patrol 40 kilometres north-west of Qalat. The First Sergeant’s left leg was injured. He was medevaced to Lagman base where he underwent surgery. The soldier is in a stable condition, the MoD added.

Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea and Chief of the General Staff Admiral Gheorghe Marin are keeping a close eye on the wounded soldier’s state of health. A total of 52 Romanian soldiers have been injured and 12 have been killed since Romania deployed forces in Afghanistan in 2002.

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