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Son of Dutch Commander Killed in Afghanistan

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a roadside bombing in Afghanistan that killed the son of the new Dutch military commander.

Lieutenant Dennis van Uhm was one of two soldiers killed in the attack Friday. His father, General Peter van Uhm, took command of the Dutch military on Thursday.

The Associated Press quotes a Taliban spokesman as saying van Uhm was specifically targeted because he was a high-profile soldier.

The Dutch government rejects the claim, saying there is no indication that van Uhm was personally targeted.

The roadside bombing took place north of the Dutch military base in the southern province of Uruzgan.

Also today, three Afghan civilians died in a roadside blast in Logar province, south of the capital, Kabul.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.