Update: Romanian corporal dies in Afghanistan, two soldiers wounded


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madalin stoicaOne of the military wounded in the vehicle attack in Afghanistan on Friday has died, the Defence Ministry informs.

Corporal Madalin Stoica, 41, was married and had a child. He was on his first mission on the operation thetres.

In the same incident were wounded Corporal Ionel Buzea and soldier Ionel Toma. They are currently under medical care in the military hospital in Kandahar.

Defence Minister Mihai Viorel Fifor has singed the order to advance Madalin Stoica post mortem to the rank of second lieutenant and has sent to the President of Romania the proposal to confer him the Star of Romania Order in the rank of Knight, for military, with war signs.

First reports Friday morning revealed that three soldiers from the 280 Infantry Battalion Resolute Support from Focsani were wounded in Afghanistan during a mission in the area of responsibility. They received first aid at the site, after which they have been evacuated to the nearest military hospital, the Ministry of National Defence (MoD) informed. One of them was seriously wounded, report said.

The incident occurred around 10:00h, Romania’s time, during a mission in the area of responsibility. The military were in a four MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles convoy in the Kandahar region when a VBIED (Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device) hit their armoured vehicle.

The soldiers of the 280th Infantry Battalion Focsani are in the Afghanistan theatre of operations since August.

In 2017, the Romanian Army participates to the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan with over 620 troops, further 300 are deployed under NATO, EU, UN, OSCE command in other regions.

During the foreign missions, 28 soldiers lost their lives, and more than 180 have been wounded.

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