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Originally published January 11, 2013 at 5:37 AM | Page modified January 11, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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Spain says army sergeant dies in Afghanistan blast

The Spanish government says an army bomb disposal expert has died in an explosion in Afghanistan.

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MADRID —

The Spanish government says an army bomb disposal expert has died in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said 35-year-old Sgt. David Fernandez died Friday while defusing an improvised explosive device.

The Defense Ministry said the device had been found on a road between the northwestern towns of Qala-i-Naw and Darra-i-Bun during a routine mission.

Spain has about 1,500 troops in Afghanistan's northwestern Badghis province. It has lost some 100 soldiers since deploying in 2002.

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