The bodies of two Spanish soldiers killed in Afghanistan have arrived back on home soil. Crown Prince Felipe and senior government figures were present for a solemn ceremony at a military airbase in Madrid. They were joined by grieving relatives, ahead of today’s state funeral.
The pair were killed on Monday when their vehicle was hit by an explosion in western Afghanistan. Three injured comrades have also been repatriated.
Spain’s Afghan mission involves nearly 700 troops.
The day after the attack, the parliament in Madrid approved sending 52 soldiers to serve as instructors to the Afghan army.
Two kidnapped Italians freed by NATO-led troops were also being flown home from Afghanistan where the country has 2,200 soldiers. Working for the military secret services, both were injured in the raid to rescue them. One is in a serious condition.