Thursday, 24 April 2014

Remains of Czech soldier killed in Afghan mission brought home

6 June 2011

Prague, June 5 (CTK) - Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra and chief-of-staff Vlastimil Picek attended the mourning ceremony at the Prague-Kbely military airport held this afternoon after the landing of a plane carrying the remains of the Czech soldier killed in the Afghan Wardak province on May 31.

Vondra said the soldier, 31-year-old Robert Vyroubal, will not be forgotten in the Czech military. He bestowed the State Defence Cross, the highest decoration of the ministry, on him.

Vondra said Czech troops deployed in Afghanistan we lucky that no such fatal incidents occurred to any of them in the past three years.

He said the military would compensate Vyroubal's family according to law though nothing can compensate a human life.

The soldier was killed last Tuesday when his armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

The soldiers' Afghan interpreter also died and another two troops suffered injuries.

While one of the injured troops was transported to the Prague military hospital, the other one - commander of the Czech Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) Michal Kucharsky - is treated in Kabul as his injuries were not so severe.

Chief-of-staff Picek said the bomb was very strong, about 50 kilogrammes of explosives deposited in a canal under the road.

Vyroubal has been the fourth Czech soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Kucharsky's OMLT team started operating in Wardak on April 22, originally having 54 members.

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