Albanian soldier still in intensive care after May 6 blast

One Albanian soldier who was injured in a blast at the Ādaži training grounds on May 6 has been discharged from the hospital, while the other one is still in intensive care.

Inguna Potetinova, the spokeswoman for the Riga East Clinical University Hospital, told LETA May 7 that the two soldiers who were injured in the blast were taken to the hospital.

One of the soldiers left the hospital after the first medical treatment and his injuries were light, while the other is still in a severe condition and doctors are still fighting for his life.

As reported, the Albanian armed forces’ First Lieutenant Zafire Hasanaj was killed and Contingent Commander Klodian Tanushi and Sergeant Julian Kapaj injured in a blast at the Ādaži military training grounds.

An internal investigation has been launched into the accident and all exercises at the Adazi training grounds have been suspended until the causes of the blast are established.

Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalnins said that the Albanian soldiers were involved in disposing of unexploded ordnance in Latvia and that the explosion happened as they were preparing a territory for an exercise.

There is a contingent of about 20 unexploded ordnance engineers serving with the Canada-led NATO battle group in Latvia.

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