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Canadian, Dutch Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) -- A Canadian soldier was killed and seven wounded when their armored vehicle struck an explosive device while on patrol in southern Afghanistan, the Canadian government said.

Sergeant Prescott Shipway of Shilo, Manitoba, was the 97th Canadian soldier killed since Ottawa sent troops to Afghanistan in late 2002. Canada has around 2,500 soldiers based in the southern city of Kandahar on a mission due to end in 2011.

Three Canadian soldiers were killed on September 3 when their armored vehicle was attacked by Afghan militants. Canada's top general has called a recent jump in attacks on his troops worrisome.

Meanwhile, a Dutch soldier serving with NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan has been killed by a roadside bomb, the Dutch Defense Ministry said.

The 21-year-old soldier, Jos ten Brinke, was killed about 20 kilometers north of the town of Tarin Kowt, the ministry said in a statement.

Five others soldiers were wounded in the attack, one of them seriously, the ministry said.

Dutch troops have been participating in the NATO-led operation since 2006. Last year the Dutch government decided to extend the mission of its troops in southern Afghanistan until 2010. At the moment 1,650 are based in Afghanistan.

The death brings the total number of Dutch soldiers killed in Afghanistan to 17.