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Conscript dies in military training accident

The Finnish Defence Forces said on Thursday that a conscript died when his all-terrain vehicle overturned.

Kevyt raketinheitinpatteri Rovajärven maastossa Arctic Shield 18 -harjoituksessa Rovaniemellä.
Scenes from the Arctic Shield 18 military practice 2018. Image: Maavoimat

The Finnish Defence Forces released a statement that a conscript in the Kainuu brigade died when his all-terrain vehicle overturned on a slippery slope, trapping him underneath it early Thursday morning.

No other passengers were on-board at the time.

The conscript was participating in the Arctic Shield 18 practice in Rovajärvi, located within the municipalities of Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi.

One of the goals of the two-week long exercise is to enhance cooperation between the Finnish and Swedish armies, with 4,800 troops participating in the military exercises in Rovajärvi, the main artillery practice range of the Finnish Army.

The conscript’s family has been notified and police are now investigating the accident.

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