June 17, 2009 / 2:36 PM / in 8 years

Three Danish soldiers killed in Afghanistan

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Three Danish soldiers were killed Wednesday when a mine exploded as their armoured vehicle was travelling on a main road in Helmand province in south-west Afghanistan, Danish authorities said.

<p>An Afghan army soldier fires his rifle during an operation against insurgents outside Kunduz city June 15, 2009. Picture taken June 15. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

The three soldiers were travelling in the lead vehicle of the convoy, the Danish Army Central Command said in a statement.

The three were airlifted to a field hospital at the British Camp Bastion where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

The office of Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen said a mine caused the deaths.

Denmark has about 700 combat troops in Afghanistan. A total of 23 have now died there.

Reporting by Peter Levring; Editing by Charles Dick

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