Saturday, 9 June 2012
Four French troops killed in Afghan attack

From AFP and the BBC 

KABUL — At least four French soldiers were killed and several wounded Saturday in a suicide attack against a convoy of NATO-led troops in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

"Four International Security Assistance Force service members died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today," ISAF said in a statement.

In line with policy, ISAF did not disclose the nationalities of the troops but local officials told AFP the attack in Nijrab district of Kapisa province targeted a convoy of French troops.

"The suicide attack against French troops killed six troops and wounded four," Sultan Mohammad Safi, the head of Nijrab provincial council, told AFP, adding that four French soldiers and three civilians were wounded in the attack.

Afghan officials say the suicide bomber in Saturday's attack approached a Nato convoy wearing a burka. Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message sent to reporters.

France is currently the fifth largest contributor to the Isaf force, with nearly 3,300 French soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.

Posted on 06/09/2012 3:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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