Danish soldier killed, 4 wounded by explosive device in southern Afghanistan

The Danish army says an explosion in southern Afghanistan has killed one of its soldiers and wounded four.

The Army Operational Command says 33-year-old Martin Kristiansen was killed by an explosive device that hit his vehicle near the Budwan patrol base in Helmand province. Kristiansen and the four wounded were taken by helicopter to the field hospital in Camp Bastion.

Denmark has lost 31 soldiers in Afghanistan since it joined the U.S.-led coalition in 2002. Earlier this month the Nordic country lost its first female soldier in the conflict.

Denmark has 700 troops serving in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan. Most are based in the volatile southern Helmand province.