Thursday, May 19, 2011

A French soldier was killed and four wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan

Paris. .- A French soldier was killed and four others wounded in an accidental explosion of ammunition in southern Kapisa valley, reported the French defense minister, Gerard Longuet. The five soldiers, who belonged to a regiment of Le Mans, prepared by late Wednesday afternoon to board an armored vehicle when the explosion occurred, Longuet said in a statement.

The injured were rushed to military hospital in Kabul and not life threatening, he said. The minister expressed his condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased and sent a message to the four wounded and the rest of the military unit. France has 4,000 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan since the start of the international intervention in late 2001, 58 soldiers have died there, mostly in clashes in Kapisa region, near the border with Pakistan.

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