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Dutch Defence minister resigns

In Holland, the interim government's defence minister, Hennis-Plasschaert, said he resigned from his post. Hennis-Plasschaert resigned last year taking responsibility for the deaths of two soldiers as a result of the explosion of defective mortars during the financial exercise.

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Dutch Defence minister resigns

In Nerlands, interim government's defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert resigned from his post, taking responsibility for death of two Dutch soldiers in Mali.

  • Hennis-Plasschaert said he resigned in parliament late last year, taking responsibility for deaths of two soldiers as a result of explosion of defective mortars during financial exercise in fiscal hours.

"I didn't want this to happen," said Hennis-Plasschaert, who saw report on issue prepared by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Security Research Council, saying it was wrong and late.

Hennis-Plasschert, toger with Dutch armed forces general Tom Middendorp, resigned from his post, he reported.

The report, prepared by Ministry of Homeland Security research, revealed that mortars that caused deaths of two Dutch soldiers during last year's exercise in Mali were defective.

In Mali last year, two Dutch soldiers were injured and a soldier was killed as a result of explosion of defective mortars in Nerlands's military contingent in Mali.

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Hennis-Plasschaert was elected deputy of People's Party (VVD) for extreme right-wing liberty and democracy, first one to come out of final elections.

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