Romanian troops attacked by roadside bomb in Afghanistan, lives saved by MRAP vehicle

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A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armoured vehicle that was carrying Romanian troops on mission on A1 highway in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province was attacked by a roadside bomb at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, the National Defence Ministry announced.

While the explosion overturned the vehicle, it did not manage to destroy it and thus the lives of the troops from the 26th Neagoe Basarab Infantry Battalion were saved, the ministry said.

Following the blast, Lieutenant George Olteanu suffered back contusions, Warrant Officer Marius Apostol had an ankle broken and Corporal Daniel Riza had ruptured left knee ligaments, with their condition being stable.

A fourth troop in the MRAP, Corporal Nicolae Barbu was slightly bruised and was able to resume activity at Lagman Base right away, the release announced.

The three injured military were evacuated to the Kandahar Military Hospital for further treatment.

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