Afghan deaths ’caused by heavy ammunition’

The two Dutch soldiers who died in a presumed friendly fire incident in Uruzgan a week ago were most likely killed by heavy duty ammunition from a machine gun mounted on a Dutch YPR tank which penetrated their bullet-proof vests.

According to the NOS tv news bulletin on Sunday, which quoted military sources in Uruzgan, the Taliban could not have fired the shots because they use lighter weapons.
The defence ministry refused to comment until its investigation into the incident is finished. Both the ministry and the public prosecution department are holding investigations.
The bodies of the two soldiers, corporal Aldert Poortema and private first class Wesley Schol, were brought back to Leeuwarden on Saturday evening and handed over to their families.

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