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Afghan soldiers arrested in Denmark

world Updated: Jan 31, 2010 07:08 IST

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Danish authorities have detained two Afghan soldiers who ran off after completing training exercises in Germany, Danish police said.

The two soldiers, aged around 20, were stopped in a car with three other people, Joern Traet, a Danish border police officer in the southern town of Maribo, told AFP.

As the men did not have proper papers apart from their military identification, they were sent back to Germany the following day, Traert said. They were apparently trying to make their way to relatives in Finland.

The soldiers had just completed three weeks' training with NATO on a US military base in southern Germany ahead of deployment in Afghanistan, according to Der Spiegel magazine, due out on Monday.

They were due to return home on December 16 but after passing customs controls at Frankfurt airport retraced their steps and slipped out of the airport.