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Veiled suicide bomber kills four French soldiers in Afghanistan

Reuters Kabul June 9, 2012

A suicide bomber dressed in a burqa blew himself up near a French patrol in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four soldiers and wounding five, one of the deadliest attacks on the French contingent in months, as the Taliban step up a spring offensive.

The attack occurred in the mountainous Kapisa province in the east of the country, an area mainly patrolled by a French force under NATO command.

“It was an unfortunate incident. There was a patrol of coalition soldiers in a small bazaar and they were attacked by a suicide bomber wearing a burqa,” Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told Reuters.

French President Francois Hollande’s office in Paris confirmed that the soldiers involved in the attack were French.

A statement from his office said among the five wounded, three were in a serious condition, and Hollande would despatch defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Afghanistan on Sunday.

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June 9, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

France suspends Afghan mission after attack on troops

“The French army is in Afghanistan at the service of the Afghans against terrorism and against the Taliban. The French army is not in Afghanistan so that Afghan soldiers can shoot at them,” Sarkozy said

France 24 January 20, 2012

France will temporarily suspend all training and combat operations in Afghanistan following a fatal attack on its troops, President Nicolas Sarkozy announced after four French soldiers died Friday in an attack by an Afghan army soldier.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed the death, which brings to 82 the number of French troops killed in the Afghan campaign.

“From now on, all the operations of training and combat help by the French army are suspended,” Sarkozy said in Paris

 

January 20, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, ISAF, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | 2 Comments