As an apparent side-effect of Afghan anger over the burning of Korans by the American military, a Norwegian soldier has been injured in a grenade attack.
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer sends this report:
Breaking news: A Norwegian soldier has been injured in Afghanistan after demonstrators threw a hand grenade into the Norwegian military camp in Meymaneh.
It doesn’t say in the article that the demonstration was a response to the alleged burning of the Korans at the American camp in Kabul, but I guess that’s the most likely reason.
More severe demonstrations are expected tomorrow after Friday prayers.
In 2006 Afghan demonstrators attacked the old Norwegian camp in Meymaneh with automatic weapons. The attack was a direct result of the Motoons.
The translated article from Aftenposten:
Norwegian soldier injured in a hand grenade attack in Afghanistan.
A Norwegian soldier has been injured after demonstrators threw a hand grenade into the Norwegian camp in Meymaneh in Afghanistan.
This has been confirmed by the Norwegian Defence department
On Thursday morning Afghan demonstrators threw rocks at the Norwegian military camp, and later in the afternoon someone threw a hand grenade into the camp. This resulted in one Norwegian soldier receiving shrapnel wounds to his foot, spokesperson for the Norwegian military, Ivar Moen tells Aftenposten.no
“We don’t want to speculate on the extent of the injury at the present time, but the soldier is now receiving medical treatment at the hospital inside the camp. The soldier’s next of kin have also been notified.”
Moen says that the demonstrators dispersed after the hand grenade incident and that no shots were fired by Norwegian military personnel. No one other than the Norwegian soldier was injured in the attack and at the moment everything is calm outside the camp.
“For the time being we don’t intend to leave the camp and apprehend any of the demonstrators,” Moen tells Aftenposten.no
New demonstrations are expected on Friday.
Moen confirms that they have received reports about new demonstrations on Friday.
“We have to implement various safety measures in preparation for tomorrow’s demonstration.”
John Espen Lien, spokesperson at the Norwegian operative Defence headquarter, confirmed earlier on Thursday that demonstrations had started outside the Norwegian led camp in Meymaneh in the northern part of the country.
“There are approximately 100 individuals outside the main entrance, and we have been informed that teargas and warning shots have been fired,” Lien told Aftenposten.no.
There are no reports of weapons being fired at the Norwegian camp, but at 13.15 the defence department received a report about a Norwegian soldier being injured by a hand grenade.