BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The defense ministry says two Romanian soldiers have died after they stepped on an improvised explosive device during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan.

The ministry said in a statement Monday the two were transported by helicopter to a military hospital at Bagram where they died of their injuries late Sunday.

The soldiers were identified as Vasile Popa, 28, on his second mission to Afghanistan, and Adrian Postelnicu, 34, who was on his first mission.

Defense Minister Mircea Dusa said in televised comments that other soldiers were killed in the explosion but provided no further details.

Romania has 1,029 troops serving in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Twenty-two have been killed.

 

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