Denmark to send 55 soldiers to Kabul after deadly attack on convoy

Denmark’s Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen poses for a picture at his office in Copenhagen, Denmark February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark, part of the NATO-led military mission in Afghanistan, said Monday it will send an additional 55 soldiers to the country to boost security efforts after a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy last week.

The soldiers will assist the 97 Danish soldiers already in Afghanistan protecting advisers traveling to and from the Afghan military academy near Kabul, Denmark’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday.

“If the Afghan government loses control, Afghanistan will once again become a haven for terrorist groups and we risk another wave of refugees to Europe and Denmark,” Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said in a statement.

The 55 Danish soldiers will be stationed in Kabul at the beginning of 2018.

Reporting by Julie Astrid Thomsen; Editing by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Robin Pomeroy