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Two Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two Romanian solders part of the NATO coalition fighting in Afghanistan were killed, and another one was injured Friday after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED).

Major-sergeant Marius Florin, 25, (foto right) and solder Cristian-Petru Filip, 26, (foto left) died after their HUMVEE was attacked with an IED, according to a release from the Romanian Defense Ministry.

Corporal Vasile Zbanca injured in the attack was evacuated by a helicopter and is in a stable situation.

Traian Basescu, the Romanian President, sent a letter to the families of the killed solders expressing his condolences and saying that “they will always remain in our memory for their courage in serving the peace and security.”

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, maintains a contingent of 1,663 soldiers in Afghanistan. So far, 17 Romanians have been killed and more than 50 injured in the mission there.

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