A Norwegian soldier sustained injuries during a demonstration against Norway’s Meymaneh military complex, northern Afghanistan.
Major Ivar Moen, on-duty Norway Joint HQ press spokesperson, tells The Foreigner, “he was injured in the leg after a hand grenade was thrown over the wall. We have no information on his condition as yet, but he is being treated at the Norwegian hospital inside the camp.”
In what is believed to be part of countrywide protests, the angry crowd, protesting against recent Koran-burning by US Bagram NATO airbase soldiers, gathered at about 08 am Central European Time.
“Between 150 and 200 demonstrators were outside the camp today, they were hurling rocks. We used teargas and fired warning shots at protestors,” said head of communications Lieutenant-Colonel John Espen Lien, “there were reports of a fire along one of the fences, but this was put out."
“The situation calmed, with Afghan military forces and national police providing assistance, working in the area around the main gate."
Norway’s ambassador to Kabul, Tore Hatrem, stated to Reuters that several vehicles were ablaze outside the camp, but the military said this conflicted with their information. There was minimal damage to the base.
Aprroximately 500 soldiers and civilians of various nationalities are stationed at the camp located in the Faryab Province.
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